Muslims are planning a May 1 demonstration outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle to accuse the mega company of religious discrimination.
The protest is being organized by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and three Muslim guards who work for Security Industry Specialists (SIS), the private security contractor working for Amazon. The guards claim Amazon is barring their privilege to pray five times daily, despite other religious affiliates being granted prayer rooms.
Former SIS guard Essag Hassan claims he was terminated from Amazon because he requested to pray on his work break.
“I was fired and not given a reason why. I’m speaking out for all Muslim security workers and for workers of any religion. When you ask for a space to pray on your work break, that request should be treated with respect,” Hassan said.
According to PJ Media, SEIU will be speaking for the “Seattle faith community” during the rally planned outside the Amazon headquarters. They wrote the following in an email to the news agency:
“Unlike other companies in locations with large Muslim populations, Amazon has not supported Muslim service workers requesting space to pray during their law-mandated work breaks. Despite granting the high-earning tech workers conference rooms to pray in, there appears to be a double standard for the contracted security officers who protect the tech giant.”
H/T: PJ Media
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