Cargill Meat Solutions will pay $1.5 million for terminating 138 Somali-American Muslim workers for requesting prayer breaks.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the employer for terminating the Muslim employees, who worked at its Colorado plant, in 2016. According to the lawsuit, the employer terminated them for protesting the plant managers' decision to stop providing short breaks for prayer.
The employer will pay $1.5 million to the terminated workers to settle the lawsuit. In addition, the meatpacker agreed to provide prayer breaks as an accommodation to the hundreds of Somali-Americans who work at its Colorado plant. "$1.5M settlement for Muslim workers fired in prayer dispute," krdo.com (Sep. 14, 2018).