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Ramadan Prayer Accommodation Undue Hardship, Court Rules

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Muslim men prepare food during Iftar, the evening meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the London Muslim Centre on August 18, 2010 in London, England. Muslim men and women across the world are currently observing Ramadan, a month long celebration of self-purification and restraint. During Ramadan, the Muslim community fast, abstaining from food, drink, smoking and sex between sunrise and sunset. Muslims break their fast after sunset with an evening meal refered to as Iftar, where a date is the first thing eaten followed by a traditional 
meal. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

October 23, 2013

In a case likely to be viewed as an employer victory, a Nebraska federal court recently ruled in a case brought by the EEOC that granting Muslim employees in a meat packing plant extra breaks for prayer during the religious holiday of Ramadan would threaten food quality and employee safety, and have a significant financial impact on the company, and therefore would constitute an undue hardship.

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