Muzzy Hertz Drivers Whine Over Suspension for Not Clocking Out During Prayer Breaks
Yup, always pushing and expecting special privileges in the workplace; then whining and playing the victim card whenever someone calls them on their BS:
Hertz suspends 34 Muslim drivers in prayer dispute
By MANUEL VALDES – via Forbes
SEATTLE — Thirty-four Muslim drivers for Hertz claimed they were suspended for praying during work hours, but the company contended they were reprimanded for abusing break times.
Backed by their union, the drivers protested Wednesday outside the Hertz counter at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where they are based.
“This is an outrageous assault on the rights of these workers and appears to be discriminatory based on their religious beliefs,” Tracey A. Thompson, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 117, said in a statement.
Hertz said the workers suspended last week were violating provisions of a collective bargaining agreement and a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached two years ago.
“The breaks were getting extended way beyond prayer time,” said Rich Broome, a spokesman for Hertz Global Holdings Inc. “It’s important to understand that several Muslim employees who are complying were not suspended. It’s not about prayer, it’s not about religion; it’s about reasonable requirements.”
Broome said employees are required to clock out to keep breaks within the 10-minute limit. Those who were suspended had not been doing so, he said.
He said managers spoke with each of the workers and posted the rule before the suspensions took place.
The union, though, said the clock-out rule was implemented without warning, adding that Hertz agreed in bargaining last year that its employees would not be required to clock out when they pray.
In Seattle, the union is trying to get Hertz drivers back on the job and 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.
The union represents nearly 80 Hertz drivers[…] About 70 percent of them are Muslim.Explore posts in the same categories: Muslim whining, Muslims in The USA, Religion