Amazon Does the Right Thing for Muslim Workers During Ramadan
Have you ever wondered why more businesses in the United States close on Christmasthan on any other holiday?
Sure, some of it is tradition–we’ve always been closed. But, some of it is simply practical: 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, including the bosses. So, companies close.
But, the religious makeup of the United States is changing and Amazon is doing the right thing when it comes to dealing with that change.
In Amazon’s Minnesota warehouses, over 1,000 East African Muslim immigrants are working and observing Ramadan, Bloomberg reports. This month-long holiday involves fasting during daylight hours, among other things. An unfortunate cross-over of calendars means that these religious observances fall during the ramp up for Amazon Prime day. (Although Amazon hasn’t officially announced the date for Prime Day).
Amazon has agreed to “ease up on quotas” and create prayer rooms for the duration of the fast.
Why allow these accommodations?
First of all, because it’s the law. When you have an employee with a sincerely held religious belief that conflicts with some aspect of their job, you have the obligation to make an accommodation as long as it doesn’t pose an “undue hardship” on the business.
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