(PHILADELPHIA, PA 1/24/08) – The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) today announced that 16 Muslim employees at a Pennsylvania supply chain management company will be re-hired and granted accommodation for a break during which to pray.
On January 9, the sixteen Somali employees walked off the job after a misunderstanding over a new policy that limited personal breaks for all employees to five minutes.
CAIR-PA’s civil rights director and another community activist met with a representative of Arnold Logistics to resolve the situation, explaining that a five-minute break is inadequate time to perform Islamic prayers.
The Camp Hill-based company has agreed to let Muslim employees take a 15-minute break to pray as long as they clock out during that time. The 16 employees will also be re-hired.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-PA Civil Rights Director Justin Peyton, Tel: 215-592-0509, Email: email@example.com