Exel-logoBy JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch, 4/11/2013

A North Side man has filed a federal lawsuit that says a Westerville-based logistics company fired him after he sought permission to attend weekly Muslim worship services that conflicted with overtime shifts.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of Yusuf Sufi, 23, by the Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It says Exel Inc. used religious discrimination and retaliation, and wrongfully terminated him. Exel is a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL.

Sufi was hired in April 2011 at a Northeast Side warehouse and subsequently given permission to use vacation and other time-off hours to attend Friday afternoon worship, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus. Several months later, he was given permission to combine his breaks to attend the services.

When his supervisors were replaced, those permissions were revoked, Sufi claims, and he was fired in May 2012 after telling a manger he could not skip Friday worship. (Full article)

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