Before you cheer, thank Donald Trump for making this politically acceptable and making this employer courageous.
Dozens of Muslims are outraged after a Wisconsin power plant threatened to fire them if they took two five minute breaks daily in order to pray.
The policy change affects 53 workers. Ten of those employees have indicated they wish to stay in their current positions under the new policy but the rest have either chosen to leave or are planning to.
The Brillion-based company changed the rule on Thursday. Until then, Muslim employees were allowed to leave the production line twice a shift to pray.
But Ariens is now asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks. A company representative told WBAY-TV the ‘manufacturing environment does not allow for unscheduled breaks in production.’
The company ‘put a considerable amount of effort into finding a solution that allows for employees of Muslim faith to pray during work hours.’
‘We met with members of our Somalian employee group to better understand their needs and consulted with local representatives of Muslim faith,’ a spokesperson wrote.
A law written by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission says that the company does not have the right to tamper with employees’ beliefs.
‘An employer does not have to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices if doing so would cause undue hardship to the employer… [such as] decreased efficiency.’