A lawn mower and snow-blower manufacturer in Brillion, Wisconsin was forced to fire seven employees for taking unscheduled breaks, with 14 more resigning during the process. As Ariens Co. hired more immigrant workers, the company reached a “critical mass” level with more and more employees expecting a more lenient break schedule to practice their religion.
A previous break schedule had allowed the Somali Muslim workers to pray according to their prayer times and the company had also provided prayer rooms for the workers. Ariens decided to change the policy because the third break that was needed to pray was too disruptive for the company’s production line and would’ve potentially cost millions of dollars a year.
The company said it would attempt to schedule the remaining Somali Muslim works for shifts that didn’t conflict with their prayer times. Of course, this isn’t good enough for CAIR, America’s top “domestic terrorist” organization for all things Muslim. They’ve criticized the company and are planning to file federal discrimination and harassment complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.