A little more than 30 Muslims working for Hertz in the Seattle area were terminated from their jobs for praying on the company’s time.
Reports say Hertz terminated 34 drivers working out of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for taking payer breaks without clocking out first.
The company says a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission two years ago required Muslims to punch out before praying.
The employees, who were sent home last week, are working with their union, Teamster Local 117, for re-instatement.
The union claims that Hertz had previously not required that workers clock out for prayer. They have since 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.