Friday, October 7, 2011

Hertz Suspends Muslim Shuttle Drivers in Seattle; 34 Drivers Would Pray on Co. Time at Airport

Hertz Rental Car Company indefinitely suspended 34 Muslim shuttle drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington for praying on company time, the Cybercast News Service website reports today (October 7, 2011).

The drivers are required to clock out -- under the terms of a settlement two years ago with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission -- Hertz spokesman Rich Broome said.

Muslim workers who clocked out were not suspended, Broome added.

Teamsters Local 117 -- which represents the workers -- is trying to get them back on the job. Observant Muslims pray five times a day.

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