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Dozens fired in dispute over prayers

September 20, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A Grand Island meatpacking plant fired at least 86 workers after they walked off the job amid a dispute over prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, company officials said. A Muslim leader and one of the fired workers said 150 lost their jobs.

Muslim workers -- mostly Somalis -- had been asking for break times to allow prayer at sunset. The issue led to walkouts this week -- not only by Muslims but also by non-Muslims protesting such accommodations as preferential treatment.

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