New prayer rules at Wis. manufacturing plant leave dozens of Muslim workers unemployed

By nbc4i.com (Columbus, OH)

Jan 17, 2016

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Ariens Manufacturing in Wisconsin changed its prayer-on-the-job policy Thursday, drawing pushback from dozens of Muslim employees who say they’re now out of a job.

Before this week, Somali Muslims employed by Ariens were allowed to leave the production line twice a shift to pray two of the five prayers their faith requires of them daily. They prayed five minutes at a time, designating their specific duties to colleagues.

A spokesperson for the Brillion-based equipment manufacturer said in a statement, in part:

"We are asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks in designated prayer rooms. Our manufacturing environment does not allow for unscheduled breaks in production.”

Read the full story at nbc4i.com.

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