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Muslim workers walk off job at Nebraska meat plant

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Five-hundred Muslim workers have walked off
the job at a meatpacking plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, saying they were denied time to pray during their holy month of Ramadan.

A group of women at Grand Island's JBS Swift and Company plant
says they were kicked by a supervisor when they tried to pray. Hawo
Mohammed says she tried to pray quickly in the bathroom until a male supervisor followed her in and told her she was taking too long.

More than 100 workers at a Greeley, Colorado, Swift plant were fired last week because the company says they walked away from work
before their shifts ended.

Those workers blamed the company's refusal to allow their breaks
to coincide with sunset so they could pray after Ramadan's daytime
fast.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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