December 3, 2009, - 3:56 pm

Fighting Back: THIS is the Lawsuit We’ve Been Waiting For

By Debbie Schlussel

Well, it’s about time.  Finally, non-Muslim employees are suing over the special privileges and paid breaks Muslims get that they don’t get.  I’ve wondered about this, including on this site, when I wrote about Northwest Airlines (now part of Delta) and how it gave Muslims their jobs back after firing them for taking faked sick leave to go to a wedding, and “former” Islamic terrorist Imad Hamad and his Muslim-dominated ADC (the falsely-named American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) whined about it.

READ THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT.

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This five times a day paid breaks for Muslims stuff is baloney.  Observant Jews pray three times a day, but we don’t ask for paid time off to do it.  We do it on our own time.

Hertz needs a new slogan.  My suggestion is a semi-rip-off from Avis:  We’re #2.  We try harder . . . for Muslims.

Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the second-largest U.S. rental car company, was sued by former employees who say its policy of allowing Muslims to take daily prayer breaks discriminates against non-Muslim workers.

Katie Barkley and Shirley Harris, who worked as part-time drivers moving Hertz cars from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to other locations, claim Muslim employees were given as many as three paid, 15-minute prayer breaks each shift while non-Muslim employees were denied equal time off, according to the suit filed Nov. 30 in federal court in Atlanta.

Barkley and Harris lost their jobs in February when Hertz fired all 120 drivers at Hartsfield and replaced them with contract drivers, according to the lawsuit, which seeks class-action status as well as back pay and other damages.

A similar suit filed in 2007 is pending before the same court. In August, Hertz said in court documents filed in that case that it allows Muslim employees at the Atlanta airport to take prayer breaks and that they aren’t required to clock out. A non-Muslim worker “has no need for such an accommodation,” Park Ridge, N.J.-based Hertz said in the court documents.

Richard Broome, a spokesman for Hertz, declined to make an immediate comment on the lawsuit.

Of course, there’s no comment. There’s just absolutely no justification for treating Muslim employees to better benefits and work conditions. It’s called discrimination. And it’s illegal.

But where’s the U.S. Justice Department Office of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission? Crickets chirping. They only speak up when there’s some perceived papercut to Muslims.

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13 Responses

“It’s called discrimination. And it’s illegal.”

Kind of like letting Gay people be married?

SL: Yes, I think you should petition for right of Gays to be married in Islam . . . or actually just to live with their heads still on, which isn’t usually the case in most Muslim nations. DS

sam leydon on December 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    [SL:Kind of like letting Gay people be married?]

    This has nothing to do with the law. By definition a marriage consists of one man and one woman. Any legislature or court that allows gay marriage is doing the same thing as making “2+2=1,2030″. Just like “2+2″ cannot equal 1,2030, two people of the same sex cannot be married. This is true no matter what anyone does or says.

    I_AM_ME on December 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm

What’s fair is fair.

KingSlav on December 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Didn’t Tyson have a similar suit?

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chsw on December 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

What’s up with Hertz? Hertz was dogging me for several months because they said the name of my book We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story, which is my family’s true story, was in violation of their trademarked phrase “Never Lost”. One of their attorneys was emailing and sending US mail to me, trying to strong arm me into signing a paper that said I would never advertise any competitor to Hertz, whether travel or car rental, on my website. I flat out refused to do that. Not sure where it stands now but they can go to hell.

Naomi Litvin on December 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm

If a non-Muslim employee slacked off at work, he would be justifiably fired. You don’t make other employees work harder so you can get a free ride at their expense. But for Muslims, Hertz makes an exception – that is definitely discrimination and its is illegal. I hope the company is forced to pay millions in compensation because the only way it will understand to terminate the special treatment for Muslims is if it affects their bottom line. That may make them get it more than appeal to fairness will. Muslims should be held to the same rules in the workplace (and elsewhere in our society) as any one else. They shouldn’t be allowed to treat the rest of us as their dhimmis or is that their dummies?

NormanF on December 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm

It is really time to push back on this Islamist supremacism. I do hope that Hertz pays dearly for its policies.

Worry01 on December 3, 2009 at 7:49 pm

HEAR, HEAR NormanF, Worry01, and of course, Debbie for this great piece of litigious hope.

Hope these Islamist subversives are put in their place. They’re dedicated to being a nuisance. They certainly are a blight on society.

The Canadien on December 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

When I worked in New York City, I used to go home early on Friday afternoons in winter (I’m shomer shabbat,) but I worked extra, during the week, to compensate for it.

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