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Muslim Woman in Virginia Claims Asking For Prayer Break Cost Her Job

A Muslim girl in northern Virginia claims she was denied a job as a result of she requested about taking two five-minute prayer breaks throughout her shift.

In a go well with filed in federal courtroom on Tuesday, 26-year-old Shahin Indorewala maintains her interview for a junior administration place with Fast Trak Management in Falls Church was going properly—till she inquired about taking the breaks in trade for a shorter lunch.

Observant Muslims are anticipated to hope 5 instances a day, the place ever they might be. With the schedule for the job set for 11 a.m. to eight p.m., Indorewala stated she knew at the very least two of these prayer classes would happen throughout enterprise hours.

Indorewala says she was offsite talking with an assistant supervisor named Josie on the time. When she requested in regards to the prayer breaks, Josie reportedly instructed her, “Thats not going to work—we have fixed hours,” and ended the interview abruptly. The two returned to the workplace, the place Josie allegedly instructed Fast Trak CEO Ramses Gavilondo that the “hours don’t work for her.”

Muslim Woman in Virginia Claims Asking For Prayer Break Cost Her Job
Shahin Indorewala says she was denied a job as a result of she requested about taking two five-minute prayer breakers in return for a shorter lunch interval. Getty Images

Indorewala says she requested Gavilondo if there was any lodging that might be made. But as a substitute of addressing her request, Indorewala claims, Gavilondo made enjoyable of her hijab and refused to make use of her.

“He said, ‘Religion? I don’t want to deal with that here. We don’t want those shenanigans here,” she instructed reporters at a press convention Wednesday outdoors Fast Trak headquarters. “He pointed to my headscarf, making hand movements and being very loud… I felt very humiliated, but first I was in shock. [I thought], Am I really being made fun of for my religion in public?”

Indorewala stated she felt damage and embarrassed however left quietly as a result of she “didn’t want to make a scene.”

Zanah Ghalawanji, an legal professional with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), says the case is an apparent instance of non secular discrimination below Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Employers are required to make affordable lodging for sincerely held spiritual beliefs except doing so would pose an unreasonable burden on the employer. “Two five-minute prayer breaks don’t impose any kind of burden on an employer,” stated Ghalawanji.

Gavilondo insists he handed on Indorewala as a result of she “wanted to preach her religion.”

“We ask people to keep religion to themselves. I don’t see the need for religious preaching in the 21st century.” He maintains an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation after the September 2018 interview turned up no wrongdoing.

Indorewala insists she did no preaching of any form, and was already on her second spherical of interviews when the incident occurred.

Virginia is dwelling to approximately 200,000 Muslims, nearly all of whom reside in northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C.

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