ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — For the second consecutive year, the Electrolux plant in St. Cloud is the target of complaints the freezer maker is not accommodating Muslim employees during the Ramadan fast.

About a dozen employees are participating in the latest claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Electrolux changed its break schedule for all employees this year after a Muslim employee filed an EEOC complaint in 2010 alleging Electrolux threatened Muslim workers with termination if they broke their fast on the production floor.

But Taneeza Islam, civil rights director for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says workers still don’t have enough time to break their fast and complete their prayers.

Electrolux spokesman Tony Evans says in a statement to the St. Cloud Times the company is confident that the current schedule “reasonably and effectively accommodates the needs of its employees.”

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Comments (25)
  1. Guy says:

    You go to work to WORK – not pray. If a worker cannot do the job because their religion gets in the way; they should give up one or the other. Not the company’s job to accomodate every last quirk.

  2. Eric says:

    All these equal oppertunity laws are getting out of hand. There are a lot of people who are unemployed that would glady take those jobs to support their families. On the bright side if they all got fired they would have plenty of time for prayer.

  3. m.... says:

    Should ask how many public schools in the twin cities metro area have Islamic prayer rooms. I think you’d be suprised. Hmmm. I don’t remember having a christian chapel at my school when I was growing up. This story is just like the airport taxi drivers who wouldn’t accept alcohol or dogs in their cars and muslims who work as Target cashiers who wouldn’t scan pork products. We can’t accomodate all your insane laws. This isn’t Iran, it’s America, where you are free to exercise your religion as long as it doesn’t infringe upon the rights of others; ie. business owners and patrons of said businesses.

  4. Holy am I, as you are inferior and white says:

    Hi my name is Jesus The 49th. I have my own religion. Myself and any followers will pray all day if need be. We have prayer when we want when we want. I made this religion up and I said so! I have a book you can read as well as recite prayers from. Anyone is free to join. If you have a job just let your boss know you will have to pray when you have that feeling inside, and it might last all day. Some of my prayers include going to King of Diamonds for meditation fulfillment, as well as washing our feet with beer. Also prayer time may need to be conducted facing North South East or West depending on the dew point as well as square footage provided. This religion has been around since yesterday and is considered very holy my many throughout the world. Any problems with these simple demands, file a lawsuit.

  5. John Q says:

    Why is there a picture of a person sticking there face in something everyone walks on? Gross!

    1. Carpet Riders? says:

      It’s the boss begging the ‘slams to work.

  6. Ralph says:

    Accomidating this Raise the cost of goods and all company’s will move out of MN. Seperation of Church and state. Seperation of Church and state

  7. sazhame me says:

    Just curious if a muslim taxi driver driving a passenger to the airport has to stop to do his prayer. If so I wonder if there’s any muslim surgeon out there that would leave the patient on a cutting board bleeding until he/she’s done with his/her prayer.

    1. @ralph says:

      Have some respect you clown.

      1. separate and unequal says:

        I have a hard time respecting anything that offers apartheid as a built in feature.
        Lan astaslem!

  8. MM says:

    They do this just because, none of them would stop anything outside of work hours for prayer. It is just an excuse for them to be lazy…

  9. TGuy says:

    Soon, no one will higer a muslim, why would anyone want too. Biggest bunch of cry babies in the world. Go to mecca and get out of the US

    1. Wuss says:

      You’re the kind of mouth that would pee in your pants if a muslim came up behind you and said boo. What an arrogant janitor. Pick on someone you actually know something about goober.

  10. Leave says:

    As Muslim population grows, what can happen to a society?

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for

    Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    the full article at website referenced above.

    1. Mmm... says:

      This is a full, comprehensive look into their plan. They are a very, very patient people. They have legal wives and “spiritual” wives, all for the sake of making babies, all for the purpose of taking over the country. It’s happening here, and guess who’s footing the bill?

  11. hate the system says:

    st cloud is like 10% muslim now, sure seems like it anyways

    1. Kevin says:

      No St Cloud is now over 25% Somalian accord to state data, and growing. The state placed a Human Rights Office in St Cloud to deal with all the complaints from the Somalians….Diversity is grand!

  12. Are you kidding? says:

    I am so sick of them cramming their religion down our throats!! They are taking over. The Land Of The Free doen’t mean the get to do whatever they want. There is to be law and order in our society! Tell them to drive down to the soon to be passed Plymouth Community Center to pray! If they don’t like it, don’t let the door knob hit ya where the good Lord split ya!!!

  13. Kim says:

    Get out we don’t want your slimy stinking thoughts here. We want you to go back to the desert freaking towel heads

  14. Kim says:

    If you want to have fun with them, buy some Pork at Target and bring it to a Muslim to ring up, LMAO when they saw what I was buying

  15. Henry says:

    Keep electing democrats and they will take this country over

  16. guy smiley says:

    If I worked at a muslim owned buisiness, I wonder if the owner would allow me to carry a Bible, or wear a Crucifix or sing, Yes Jesus loves me. Doubt it

  17. Tired if this B S says:

    Pray on your own time and scr ew the ko ran. If they don’t like the way we operate in this country, leave

  18. separate and unequal says:

    Could the insistence on regularly scheduled praying be part of the reason the majority of the Islamic world requires billions of US aid? Is that why their countries are cesspools?

  19. tom says:

    fire them all and hire Americans to do the job. End of your problems

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