Monday, October 21, 2013

Accommodating Muslim Workers' Prayer Times Created Undue Hardship In Beef Plant

In EEOC v. JBS USA, LLC, (D NE, Oct. 11, 2013), a Nebraska federal district court held that a beef processing plant need not accommodate the prayer practice of Somali Muslim employees because doing so would impose "undue hardship." Granting unscheduled prayer breaks would have impacted safety, efficiency and morale of other employees.  Rescheduling the meal break during Ramadan to coincide with sunset prayer time created problems with sanitizing the plant and impinged on other employees. Lexology reports on the decision. [Thanks to Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]