October 7, 2011, - 2:19 pm

After Years of Islamo-Pandering, Hertz Suspends Muslims Who Prayed on Company Time

By Debbie Schlussel

Don’t applaud dhimmi car rental company Hertz for this, as it took a federal lawsuit by non-Muslims to reach this result.  Two years ago, I told you about non-Muslims who sued Hertz in federal court because Hertz gave at least a half-hour in paid breaks  (and other special privileges) to Muslims for prayers, but didn’t give non-Muslims the same paid breaks and privileges.  After they filed their class-action suit, the non-Muslims, Katie Barkley, Shirley Harris, and a class of other non-Muslim Hertz employees, surprisingly got the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission to finally intercede, and Hertz agreed to require Muslims to clock out and take non-paid breaks for prayer.   Since many of Hertz’s Muslim bus drivers continue to pray on the job and won’t clock out, today Hertz was forced to suspend those workers.  Again, this isn’t a “Yay, Hertz!” moment, as one reader suggested it was.  It’s something Hertz had to do after years of pandering to Muslims, because if the pandering continued, there would be more lawsuits against Hertz and steeper penalties.


Paraphrasing Avis, We’re #2 . . . We Try Harder for Islam


In the three years she’s worked as a shuttle driver for Hertz at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Zainab Aweis, had always taken time out of her shift each day to pray.

An observant Muslim, she prays five times a day — with one, sometimes two of those prayer times falling during her shift.

“That was the one benefit of the job,” the 20-year-old said.

On Friday, she and 33 other drivers — all of them Somali Muslims — were suspended indefinitely from their jobs after they took religious breaks to pray while at work without first clocking out.

A spokesman for Teamsters Local 117, which represents the workers, said it is trying to get the workers back on the job.

Both the company and the union late Thursday said they were waiting to hear back from the other.

While the drivers were allowed two, 10-minute breaks during their work shifts during which they could pray, Teamsters officials said managers had agreed in negotiations that workers would not have to clock out and in, though the contract itself does not address the matter.

And the workers and their union said Hertz had previously not required that workers clock out for prayer. The union said it has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Hertz for failing to notify the union in advance of what it called a policy change.

But Hertz said the rules aren’t new; that it had been trying for some time to enforce the terms of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settlement it reached with the workers two years ago that required them to clock out.

A Hertz spokesman said the workers had been repeatedly told they needed to clock out and that the 34 suspended workers had not complied.

“We felt it was reasonable for our Muslim employees who need to pray a couple times during the workday to clock in and clock out,” said Rich Broome, spokesman for Hertz. . . .

He pointed out that Muslim workers who clocked out were not suspended.

On Wednesday, a few dozen people from area labor and faith organizations protested on behalf of the workers outside the Hertz counter at the airport, waving signs saying, “Respect me, Respect my religion.”

The Teamsters represents about 79 drivers at Hertz — about 70 percent of whom are Muslim — earning between $9.15 and $9.95 an hour. They receive no health benefits, vacation or sick leave. . . .

Mohamed Hassan, of the Somali Community Services Coalition, said the workers cannot afford to be away from their jobs. “They need to pay rent and buy food for their children.”

So sad, too bad. You want the job, do the time. And clock out for your prayers to the moon god.  Jews (whose prayer schedule was stolen by Muslims and expanded) pray three times a day, and they don’t demand paid time at work to do it.  Even if they did, they wouldn’t get it.

It’s yet another example of what I’ve been saying since well before 9/11: Muslims don’t want to be treated equally. They want special rights–more rights–than everybody else. And they usually get them when they whine loud enough. That’s America for you. As George Orwell wrote, all of the animals in the barnyard are equal, but some are more equal than others . . . namely the religion of jihad, terrorist attacks, and mass murderers of 3,000 Americans.

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22 Responses

You know, Hertz could get these drivers to quit if they just added an l, and changed the name to Hertzl.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Like this part of your piece:

The Teamsters represents about 79 drivers at Hertz — about 70 percent of whom are Muslim — earning between $9.15 and $9.95 an hour. They receive no health benefits, vacation or sick leave. . . .

roflmao, union membership really does pay off huh?

Chris on October 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Also, to the Teamsters, some workers are more equal than others.

    “On Wednesday, a few dozen people from area labor and faith organizations protested on behalf of the workers outside the Hertz counter at the airport, waving signs saying, “Respect me, Respect my religion.”

    That translates into we are better and deserve more than infidel employees, and it is only just that we get paid prayer breaks in addition to the normal breaks given to unbelievers. They are vermin, and are lucky that we tolerate them.

    This is the attitude held by those Muslim employees, even if not stated directly.

    Worry01 on October 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Debbie is this really a huge deal for people who make almost minimum wage with no benefits? I am sure something better could have been negotioated. Most employees are entitlted to half hour lunch and 2 10-15 min breaks during a full 8 hour shift so I am not sure why something could not have been worked out of this.

More generally though,there’s so much vitriol in everything you write regarding Islam and Muslims. This religion is not about terrorism and murder of 3000 people although a few sick individuals have subverted the religion in the name of their evil acts to do that. This is not about left or right, it’s about stepping outside of a narrow world view and seeing more than billion Muslims living their lives worrying about survival, feeding their families, etc. and not caring or even being aware of the other parts of the world. Lets hope no Jew will ever blow up a building with people in it because that will forever be a black mark against the Jewish people. But oh wait. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_David_Hotel_bombing

John Heim on October 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm

First, John, you are an idiot. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s address something.

The Muslims were accomodated. They can pray, but they have to log out. Why should the employer pay for these Muzzies to pray for our destruction? Or pray at all? Hertz is in business to rent cars and make money, not paying for praying.

As to the King David Hotel, the hotel was being used as a military base, and even then, the Brits were warned that they had 15 minutes to leave. The Brit who answered the phone said, “We don’t take orders from Jews.”

What warning did the victims of Islamic terrorism get?

Incidentally, unlike other religions, Islam denigrates “nonbelievers.”

Let me correct one thing I said above. I was wrong to call you and idiot. You are an f–king idiot.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I have to agree somewhat with John – I don’t see what the big deal is. I work with a lot of Muslim Doctors at the hospital I am a resident at, and they usually go no more than 5 minutes to pray and come back at lunch. It doesn’t affect anyone else, so I dont see what the big hubbub is. I mean to be fair, non-muslims should be given the same opportunity if they want it, rather than suspend these poor people from their jobs.

Also – on a side note there are a lot of Somali Muslims in Boston, MA and Minnesota, is there is a specific reason they concentrate in the Northern states, or is just where there visa’s are granted? Any Immigration specialists here? I have always been curious why certain groups go to certain areas.

Thanks in advance for the answer.

Jason Hains on October 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Actually the article should be titled
“Hertz… yay… Well, not exactly!!!”

Gino on October 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

My only problem with the ruling is that smokers take 5 minute breaks every hour to fill their lungs with poison. I have no love for the radical Islamic people; I think they are users of the system, killers of innocent people, including their own, and basically wastes of skin. Other than that, I’m sure they are fine folks.

WilliamMunny on October 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

hey look, the first Arab woman just won her first Nobel peace. i wonder when will Debbie win hers?? NEVER!!!!!

James on October 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm

James, the Nobel Peace Prize is useless and from what I learned didn’t Yasser Arafat (who’s a terrorist BTW) won the Nobel Peace Prize? And Debbie could careless about the Nobel Prize, she knows its a shame, etc., now either stick to the main topic or just go away and NEVER show yourself on this blog again James. Moron!!!!!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on October 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Jonathan when you start your post with an insult it speaks volumes about your lack of intelligence and substance to what you’re about to say.

As another poster already pointed out, there are plenty of workers who screw around at work, take smoke breaks, etc so taking a short break, even while getting paid should not be a big deal. It is only big deal because of your hate for Muslims. You are no different than KKK who hate Jews. That’s fine you can choose to believe whatever you want.

I also have to wonder how do you even know what a billion Muslims pray about? Hello Charles Xavier?

John Heim on October 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    John, when you try to compare the King David Hotel in any way shape or form to 9/11, you bring insults upon yourself, as well as possible accusations of anti-Semitism.

    Perks such as paid breaks are supposed to be given equally under the law. This means Muslims should CLOCK OUT like other workers have to.

    Paid smoke breaks are also unequal treatment which should be dealt with the same way the Muslim issue was in the court ruling – CLOCK OUT.

    Scott on October 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Non Muslims could kill millions of people and they would never be guilty (as a group) in Debbie’s eyes. If one Muslim or a few does a crime, then all 1.5 Billion of them are guilty, according to Debbie, case closed. There is no reasoning with her or any of her followers. If you went back a few decades, they would be saying the same thing about Blacks and how they should be deported or how can’t be trusted. Nowadays it’s the Muslims or the Gays who are at fault. The reality is, the Muslim population is still too small to worry about. The majority of Muslims in N. America are peaceful and you have a greater chance of getting killed by a crazy white guy than a Muslim. (Look on the news about all the crazy white guy attacks versus the number of Muslim attacks)

    shaw on October 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

When I did the math (conservatively) and took into consideration the number of muslim employees, time to pray and days per year worked. Hertz at this particular airport would be giving up approximately $52,495.00 (rounded off) per year. Now, of course this company isn’t going to just give this money away from the goodness of their heart. And more than likely is fitting the amount lost into the rental fee at the customers expense. So, the muslim employees get roughly $46 extra money per week for not working. And customers end up picking up this unwanted and unnecessary additional expense.

As why Hertz even allowed this to occur for a few years is disturbing. That it also took a subsequent law suit from non-muslim (employees) to get this matter resolved is alarming. And I’m sure this practice was happening at the other airport branches that had muslims in their employ.

So, not only did the non muslim employees get ripped off and the muslims benefitted. But the customer also paid more then needed. Would like to reiterate that I cannot confirm that this practice actually occurred. But, considering how big business does things, it’s my strong opinion that the money was passed along to the consumer.

Once again Debbie, thank you for bring another informative piece of news that the MSM just happened to neglect to tell the general public. Now that I know what Hertz did, I refuse to use their rentals when I travel. Though Hertz isnt conducting this practice anymore, I don’t like how they got away with doing this. And then how Hertz handled the matter. And I frequently travel in which I do have to get rental cars.

Rick S on October 8, 2011 at 1:28 am


For once I disagree w/ you. Muslims didn’t steal the Jewish prayer schedule – it was as original as their fantasist claims on Jerusalem. As one may know, Mohammed had this dream where he went to heaven from the farthest mosque from Mecca, and there, allah apparently told him that he wanted Muslims to pray 50 times a day. Somebody else, either Angel Gabriel or Moses, kept urging him to bargain w/ Allah to lower that number, and after several rounds of it, it came down to 5.

That dream is also the only basis on which Muslims claimed Jerusalem. History of Jews living there – doesn’t matter. Mohammed’s dream – decider!

Infidel on October 8, 2011 at 2:02 am

Don’t forget at some airports(public property), Muslim cabdrivers have used rooms at the airport as makeshift mosques. Without equal access to all religions, this is clearly unconstitutional.

A few years ago at Salt Lake City Airport, a Jewish cabdriver who objected to this unconstitutional practice was threatened by a bunch of peaceloving Muslim cabdrivers.

Scott on October 8, 2011 at 2:21 am

I have dealt with Muslim prayer accommodation for many years. The prayer windows are fairly long. The Required number of Raqats can be prayed in less than ten minutes. The additional Raqats based on intention can be made up in the evening when they are no longer at work. The only prayer window that may be difficut is Magreb, but a ten minute break during that time works just fine. 30 minutes is excessive. It is not required for them to meet in a group, although it is considered better than solo prayer. Only Jumah prayer on Fridays and the Eid prayers are required corporate prayers, and some seem to have issue with the Eid prayer’s corporate nature. Answer- schedule as many practicing Muslim’s as possible off on Fridays, or have them work late shifts that start after 2:00 PM.
By the way: Islam is the greatest threat this country has ever encountered. We must expel as many as possible, as soon as possible.

EDS on October 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Scott comparing terrorist acts is fairly logical. If you think that just because 90 people died in one incident and 3000+ died in the other somehow changes things then that’s your choice. The point is that the ‘peace loving’ Jews commited an atrocity that claimed the lives of 90 people, and multiple Jews(their own people) within that hotel. This terrorist act also served as yet another obstacle to the creation of Israel at the time. The point is dont blame the religion, blame the people responsible. I believe it’s a backwards process to demonize over a billion people most of whom have nothing to do with the terrorist acts. Also we must remember that just like with Judasim and Christianity there are various sects of Islam so not all Muslims believe in the same things, especially the more violence based ideologies.

Yon on October 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Which sect of islam believes in the equal treatment of women, rejects sharia, and allows christians, jews (or other sects of islam for that matter) to pray openly and equally?

In which country is this sect of islam practiced?

eli on October 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm


On the King David Bombing, and its comparision to Islamic terrorist attacks, Jonathan Grant has already answered that. In case you missed it, here’s the reprint:

[“… As to the King David Hotel, the hotel was being used as a military base, and even then, the Brits were warned that they had 15 minutes to leave. The Brit who answered the phone said, ‘We don’t take orders from Jews.’

What warning did the victims of Islamic terrorism get?

Incidentally, unlike other religions, Islam denigrates ‘nonbelievers.’ …”

Jonathan E. Grant on October 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm]

JeffE on October 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    My opening sentence should read:
    “On the King David Hotel Bombing…”

    JeffE on October 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm



mike on October 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

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