Muslim Workers Celebrate Settlement Over Prayers

March 19, 2005

Source: The Tennessean

On March 19, 2005 The Tennessean reported, "all sides in a Nashville imbroglio over ancient Islamic practices and modern production-line demands were busy yesterday congratulating each other for resolving a workplace dispute before it festered into something far more confrontational. More than 30 Muslim workers, who say they had no choice but to quit their jobs at Dell Computer after receiving a 'work or pray' edict, will get to return to their seasonal jobs packing boxes and driving forklifts under an agreement brokered this week... Under the deal, managers at Dell and Spherion, the labor-services company that provided the workers, will get additional training on Dell's existing policies for accommodating workers' religious practices. The companies also agreed to provide back pay to the workers."