SOURCE: Nichols Kaster, PLLP

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

June 18, 2010 11:50 ET

Twenty Muslim Employees Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP Who Were Denied Short Prayer Breaks Are Headed to Trial

ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) -  On June 10, 2010, Judge Schiltz of the Federal District Court of Minnesota denied a motion for summary judgment brought by the Defendants in Haliye et al. v. Celestica, Corp. and Adecco USA, Inc., 06-CV-4769 (PJS/JJG). In the case, twenty Muslims formerly employed by Celestica and/or Adecco in a manufacturing plant in Arden Hills claim they were victims of religious discrimination.

As Muslims, the Plaintiffs' most important religious obligation is to perform short prayers five times each day. Prior to the spring of 2005, the Plaintiffs were permitted to take these short prayer breaks. However, the Plaintiffs allege that beginning in the spring of 2005, they were prohibited from praying at the necessary times. The Plaintiffs also contend that although they were not allowed to take short prayer breaks, others were routinely allowed to take bathroom or smoke breaks. The Plaintiffs assert that Defendants knew about and failed to accommodate their religious obligation. Also, Plaintiffs contend that Defendants either terminated them or forced them to resign in the fall and winter of 2005 due to the conflict between their religious obligation and Defendants' new break rules.

The trial is scheduled to begin on August 24, 2010. The Plaintiffs are represented by James H. Kaster, David E. Schlesinger and Megan I. Brennan of Nichols Kaster, PLLP.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    James H. Kaster
    Nichols Kaster, PLLP
    (612) 702-3093

    David E. Schlesinger
    Nichols Kaster, PLLP
    (612) 256-3277