Discrimination is not only illegal but is also a painful and degrading act. As a Seattle wrongful termination attorney, I recognize how difficult and frustrating employment laws can be to understand. The local news of The Seattle Times reported that 25 Muslim workers had been fired from Hertz as a direct result of not clocking out before taking work breaks. The workers had been assigned two breaks for 10 minutes each during their 8 hour shifts but Hertz claims the workers were going over this allotted time and were refusing to clock out before taking their breaks. The workers, who are all Somali Muslims, claimed to use the breaks for prayer and said that clocking out before breaks was not in their contract. Filing religious discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the union representing the workers has filed charges against Hertz. The Hertz company representative claims the workers had been informed prior to the notice of termination that they needed to clock out before taking breaks.
According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the total number of charges filed regarding some type of discrimination in 2008 was around 95,000 nationwide. Unfortunately our society has had problems with discrimination in not only our place of employment but also our everyday life. Discrimination of any kind is devastating and ignorant behavior.
If you believe you have been victimized in an employment discrimination case and wonder if you have a case, contact an experienced Seattle workplace discrimination attorney today to discuss your options. Claims in a gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or age discrimination cases can be very frustrating and confusing. Deciding to take legal action is difficult, call me at Premier Law Group and I can help make your decision less stressful by dedicating my time and experience to your case in order to protect your personal rights. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact me at (206)285-1743.