A meat-packing plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado, was rocked after hiring 200 Somali Muslim refugees to work when more than half of them walked out after not being given what they considered satisfactory time for require daily Muslim prayers.
The company, Cargill Meat Solutions, processes beef and can almost always use extra hands. It was not expecting any issues of this nature, as it had already made appropriate accommodations for daily prayers. However, it wasn’t seen as enough by the workers, who complained.
In response, the company reversed its position and took away the prayer times, according to The Denver Post. All were upset, and many cried foul on the basis of religious discrimination. More than half went beyond that — they staged a walk-out last December.
About 150 of the workers have left until the prayer time is been returned. However, Cargill is a large and successful business, and doesn’t need those workers to maintain productivity. It has stuck to its guns, saying that if the Somalis want to pray, they were welcome to go home and do so.
The company continues to have the last laugh — it fired every one of the employees who walked out and didn’t return.
Enter the Council for American-Islamic Relations, which never seems to realize that when it gets involved, things get worse.
A CAIR spokesman, Jaylani Hussein, has said that he was going to continue communication with Cargill until prayer time was returned.
“They feel missing their prayer is worse than losing their job,” he said. “It’s like losing a blessing from God.”
But little has changed, and it seems unlikely that, given this experience with these Somali Muslims, Cargill will continue working amicably with CAIR for long.
H/T Mad World News
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