December 3, 2009, - 3:56 pm
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.
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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