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Muslim workers leave Wisconsin manufacturer jobs in prayer dispute

January 20, 2016 00:48

MILWAUKEE- Muslim workers at a manufacturer in northeast Wisconsin walked out of their jobs after their employer began enforcing its break policy that does not allow them to pray at the times dictated by their faith, the company said on Tuesday.

Some 53 Somali Muslims left their job on Thursday after Ariens, a tools and equipment maker in Brillion, Wisconsin, began requiring them to pray only during the existing two, 10-minute breaks the company provides during the day.

"We respect their faith, we respect the work they have done at Ariens and we respect their decision regardless of their choice to return to work or not," company President Dan Ariens said in a statement.

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