Friday, October 21, 2011

Hertz Fires 25 Muslim Drivers in Seattle Dispute Over Prayer Time.

Here is a follow-up to a blog we brought you recently.  The links gives you a fair picture of the details.  Let me make some comments beyond that.  This case has gone to the National Labor Relations Board from a union-management perspective and to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from a religious discrimination perspective.  It will be a most interesting one to follow.

For me the bottom line is this: do what you like on your paid "ten-minute" breaks.  But since you're taking longer, then what the company has done makes sense.  The problem is that traditionally companies are expected to deal with this kind of rule-breaking individually as bad performance.  By dealing with it as a group, they risked the chance of having it being called "religious discrimination" and "unfair labor practice".   Can't even guess how this will turn out, although I know that the NLRB these days seems to back the unions and whatever Obama seems to support, including Muslims.   If you hear more, please keep us informed as well and I'll try to do likewise.

Local News | Hertz fires 25 Muslim drivers who refuse to clock out | Seattle Times Newspaper


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