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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

Here is an example of unfair treatment at work that may be based on an individual's religious beliefs:


Arif, who is Muslim, prays five times a day. At least two of these prayer sessions occur during work hours. Arif requests that his breaks be scheduled so he can pray at the appropriate times. His supervisor refuses, remarking "We pay you to work, not to pray. Leave the religious observances for your own time." Arif's supervisor discriminated against him based on his religion when the supervisor refused to carefully consider the request. Because Arif's request would not be costly, inefficient, unsafe, or negatively impact his co-workers' rights, the supervisor should have granted the request.