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Muslims Say Dell Forbade Them to Pray at Work
by Mike Musgrove
Abdi Halane, a Somali refugee living in Nashville, is looking for a new job this month.
In February, Halane was one of 30 Muslim assembly-line workers who walked away from their jobs building computers at a Dell Inc. facility after they were told to make a choice between prayers mandated by Islam and their job, according to Halane and another worker from the facility.
It's a conflict between Islam's devotional requirements, which call for adherents to pray five times a day, and the efficient manufacturing processes of the world's largest PC maker -- which have assembly-line workers plugging parts into hundred of computers an hour.
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