A story such as this one surfaces from time to time and it’s one the left will latch onto as strong as possible making the case it is about religious discrimination and not anything else – just so long as the religion involved is Islam. That’s the story with 150 Muslim employees at a Cargill meat processing plant in Colorado.
The clown show known as Think Progress titled the story this way:
150 Muslims Fired For Protesting Their Workplace’s Prayer Policies
Granted, most fans of Think Progress won’t click the link because that would require being curious when it is certainly easier to just scream, “Discrimination!”
That said, the workers in question were not fired for protesting prayer policies:
About 150 Muslims were fired from their jobs at a beef processing plant in Colorado for failing to show up for work over a prayer dispute.
Last month, a group of 11 workers at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan wanted to go pray at the same time in a room in the plant that is set aside for prayer and reflection. Their supervisor asked that the group break up into smaller numbers to not affect production, according to CNN affiliate KCNC.
The workers complied with the supervisor’s request and went in smaller groups to pray. But after their shift ended, 10 of the 11 workers resigned, turning in their badges and hard hats, Cargill spokesman Michael Martin told CNN.
News of the dispute spread to other plant employees, and about 150 Somali workers missed work for three days in protest.
Based on Cargill’s attendance policy, the company fired those who failed to come to work for three consecutive days without giving any form of notice, Martin said.
Emphasis is mine. They were not fired because of the prayer policies. They were not fired because they’re Muslim (about 500 other workers at the same plant are Muslim as well). They were fired because they failed to show up for work.
I’d fire them too.
Aside from a statement from a CAIR representative (whose word is not worth spit), it appears Cargill has done all they can to reasonable accommodate the workers at the plant so the workers can pray but also so that production is not halted.
What exactly is the problem?
This wouldn’t even be a story were it not for the religion of the workers who decided not to show up for three days. Far too many people these days are under the impression their employer exists to tend to their needs and not the other way around. I believe productivity and worker morale is better when the employers provide reasonable accommodations for their employees when it comes to faith.
But there are limits. And at that point, the employee has a choice to make. These 150 or so made their choice. And now they have to deal with the consequences of their actions.