One hundred and fifty Muslim workers were fired from a Colorado meat processing plant for failing to show up for work after a dispute over prayer.
A group of eleven workers last month at the Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan wanted to go and pray inside of a room in the plant that is specifically set aside for prayer. The supervisor of the plant asked those wanting to pray to separate in smaller groups in order to not disrupt the plant’s production. The group complied with the request.
At the end of the workers shift ten of the eleven people who went to pray turned in their badges and resigned. In following days, an estimated one hundred and fifty Somali employees missed work in what the group described as a “three day protest”.
The company responded by firing those who failed to come to work for three consecutive days without giving notice in accordance with Cargill’s attendance policy.
According to The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslim workers were told to “go home” if they wanted to pray.
Cargill released a statement saying, that the company has policies specific to attendance and religious accommodations and that they makes reasonable attempts to provide religious accommodations for its employees, citing that their policies have not changed.