Let Us Pray: The Challenges of Accommodating Muslim Prayer in the Workplace

Employment Law Commentary, Volume 29, Issue 7

July 2017

Some prayers go unheard; others go to the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission. Recently, employers in three states have faced actions from Muslim employees demanding increased accommodation for prayer in the workplace. In May, an employer in Minnesota refused to schedule prayer breaks requested by employees, and subsequently fired some workers who refused to comply with the work schedule. In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a complaint with the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Similar situations have recently arisen with employers in Wisconsin and Colorado.

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