It seems that a dispute with a St. Paul Wal-Mart has ended happily for an employee who was fired for praying during work breaks. Abdi Abdi has been rehired and Wal-Mart is running diversity training for about 10 of its store’s employees.
Abdi, a four-year employee at the store, had been praying during his work breaks. That was fine by a previous supervisor, who had no problem with that use of time during breaks. A new supervisor came in and issued an edict banning prayer on breaks — a violation of federal law, as long as accommodating the prayer doesn’t cause “undue hardship.”
Abdi was fired. After the Council on American-Islamic Relations intervened, the store reversed course and rehired the worker. According to a story by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Michelle Bradford said that “respect for the individual is one of our company’s core values, and we practice it every day in our stores and clubs. (More)