Muslim Workers Leave Gold’n Plump Over Prayer Time Dispute

April 4, 2007

Author: Abdi Aynte

Source: Minnesota Monitor

For eight months, Issak Horor delayed his floating break time to say his dusk prayers. That was until Sunday, when his employer, Gold’n Plump, a St. Cloud-based chicken processing company, told him that he wasn’t eligible to do that anymore.

“I told them that God made me eligible to pray five times a day,” said Horor in a telephone interview from his home in Rochester.

Horor, 25, is one of three workers who left the company’s Arcadia, Wis., facility Monday over the prayer time dispute. At least two other workers quit in solidarity with their fellow Muslims.

Horor said he feels he was forced out. “They asked me to not delay my break time or to hand in my badge,” he said. “Having bad and worse options, I chose the bad one: to hand in my badge.”

Julie Berling, a spokeswoman for Gold’n Plump, said the company was able to accommodate most workers who needed to pray with a new floating schedule.