A prominent Islamic group has filed a federal religious discrimination complaint against a Wisconsin-based lawn mower and snow blower manufacturing company in alleging that it does not provide “reasonable accommodation” for Muslim employees in its break policy. Under the Islamic religion, Muslims are required to pray five times a day at specific times.
But as previously reported, earlier this year, Ariens enforced its policy to require employees to stay on the production line at all times, except for during their two 10-minute breaks. A co-worker could fill in for them during the time that they were gone. Ariens officials previously did not stop Muslim workers from walking away from the production line a third time during their shift to offer up prayers, but when the company saw that the third break was costing Ariens money, it put its foot down. READ MORE