Jul 22 2010
Electrolux is under criticism by Muslim workers and their advocates for not bowing to their Islamic religious demands to allow Muslim employees to break the fast on the production floor during Ramadan.
This should be a warning to corporations to avoid hiring any Muslims.
The Minnesota chapter of the Terrorist Front Group (CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday issued a statement calling on Electrolux to make accommodations for about 200 Muslim evening-shift workers. In January, the company adopted a policy barring eating on the production floor, CAIR contends.
During Ramadan, which begins this year around Aug. 10, Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from dawn to sunset, breaking fast immediately when the sun sets, according to a statement from CAIR.
During previous Ramadans, employees could break fast on the production floor with a snack and then take full breaks when scheduled, but the new policy no longer allows this, according to CAIR.
”Electrolux has made it clear that it intends to punish or even fire Muslim employees who are caught with food on the production floor during Ramadan,” the CAIR statement says. (Good for them!)
At least two employees have since filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that investigates claims of workplace discrimination, according to Taneeza Islam, CAIR civil rights director.
Electrolux workers Ahmed Said and Abdikani Dirie showed the Times a document that says the new policy was created in response to “customer quality concerns,” but they didn’t get a more clear explanation beyond that.
Evans said the policy concerns safety because of distraction from their work that food could cause.
Said and Dirie went to their union, which requested an accommodation for Muslim workers during Ramadan. Electrolux responded to the request by citing company policy, so the employees went to CAIR for help. ”We tried to go by the rules,” Dirie said.
Islam, terrorist rights director for CAIR, said Electrolux has not responded to a letter it sent at the end of June. It gave the company until July 15 to provide more information on the policy and the issues.
She said it is “very rare” to get no response from a business. (Maybe they are sending you a message – Muslims not wanted here) ”It’s kind of baffling that they’re not engaging,” Islam said, noting the next steps would be to work with the EEOC. (Legal Jihad again)
Asked why Electrolux hasn’t worked more with CAIR or the union, Evans said he’d have to do more investigation before answering the question. (Because CAIR is linked to Hamas, a terrorist organziation)
Said and Dirie are concerned about having to work without eating or drinking during Ramadan. Evening shift breaks are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., each before sunset, and then again at 10 p.m. During the long, hot days of the summer, going without food or drink until that late could be dangerous, say Dirie and Said. (Then don’t work for an American company or go back to Somalia where you belong)
”Some people lose energy because they are fasting all day … and can’t keep up with their work,” Said said.
This is not the first time Electrolux has received complaints from its Muslim employees. In 2003, 165 employees claimed discrimination with the EEOC when the freezer maker denied employees time to pray. POST BULLETIN
A simple solution – don’t hire Muslims. Period.