Muslim Employees Settle with Electrolux Over Prayer Break

September 25, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

On September 25, 2003 the Pioneer Press reported that "the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached a settlement with the Electrolux Group over a charge that the company's Muslim employees were being disciplined for taking prayer breaks...The case was initiated about a year ago when the Somali Community Center in Minneapolis filed a discrimination charge on behalf of 165 Somali workers who worked on the assembly line at the Electrolux Home Products plant in St. Cloud. The workers claimed they were discriminated against because of their religious beliefs, said the EEOC...As part of the agreement, the company will change the break time, allowing Muslim employees to observe their sunset prayer...Electrolux will also make a donation to the Islamic Center in St. Cloud, said the EEOC. Over the past decade, religious discrimination filings with the EEOC have jumped by 85 percent, from 1,388 filings nationwide in fiscal year 1992 to 2,572 filings in 2002."