Colorado’s labor department has ruled that more than 100 Muslim workers fired from a Fort Morgan meatpacking plant are eligible for unemployment benefits because a company cannot force workers to choose between their religion and their jobs.
The workers filed for unemployment payments after they were fired in December by Cargill Inc., amid a dispute over whether the Muslim employees could take prayer breaks during their shifts.
There are five prayers in a day for Muslims. Each prayer, including cleaning rituals, can take anywhere from ten to fifteen minutes. Let's say that during his shift, the Muslim worker has to take three prayer breaks. That's up to 45 minutes of time on the clock for which no work gets done. Don't be surprised if the Muslim worker expects to get paid for that break. In an eight hour shift, that amounts to almost 10% charity from the business. With razor thin profit margins (5% or less), that's just dumb.
It's better to simply not hire the morons in the first place.