DHL Global Mail en CAIR files federal complaint against DHL <p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp; </strong>DHL Global Mail&nbsp; responded Friday to CAIR's allegations, saying they're unfounded.&nbsp;&nbsp; The company denied any wrongdoing and said it would fully defend itself in any future action.&nbsp; DHL also said it accommodates reasonable religious practices and provides equal opportunities to all employees.</p><p><strong>HERE'S THE STORY FROM THURSDAY:</strong></p><p>The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a federal complaint on behalf of 24 former employees at the DHL Global Mail facility in Hebron, Kentucky.&nbsp; The Muslim civil rights group says DHL fired the workers last month in a dispute over prayer breaks.&nbsp;</p><p>CAIR's complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said the workers were exercising religious rights protected by <a href="">Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964</a>.&nbsp; The act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment.&nbsp; It also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee , unless doing so would cause an undue hardship for the company.</p><p>"In this case, the DHL workers had been using their break time to perform their evening prayer," said&nbsp; CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington.&nbsp; "The company reportedly decided to eliminate flexible break time, thereby preventing the men and women from practicing their faith.&nbsp; When the workers asserted their rights, they were all fired."</p><p>The workers were fired October 9.</p><p>"They should think this over and they should know that religion is religion, there's no choice to it,"&nbsp; said Shahira Abdullah, one of the 13 women and 11 men the company let go.&nbsp; "Other people have to follow the rules, just like we're supposed to follow their rules."</p><p>DHL has not commented on the case. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:23:20 +0000 Mark Heyne 19416 at CAIR files federal complaint against DHL