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Muslim man says DHS refuses to give him off on holy day
by Daniel Prendergast
A practicing Muslim who works for the city's Department of Homeless Services has filed a grievance against the agency for refusing to allow him off on Fridays — the Muslim holy day.
Jesse Pender, a community assistant at the Bellevue Men's Shelter, claims the agency violated city policy requiring employers to give workers time off for religious observances, documents show.
Pender, who recently changed his name to Abdul-Wahhab Ibrahim, had a Sunday-through-Thursday schedule before he left DHS to take a job with another city agency in January 2015.
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