Wal-Mart rehires Muslim worker fired for prayingST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wal-Mart has rehired a Muslim employee from the Twin Cities who had been fired for praying in the workplace.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wal-Mart has rehired a Muslim employee from the Twin Cities who had been fired for praying in the workplace.
Abdi Abdi was fired in February from the Wal-Mart in Woodbury where he worked as a stocker and loader. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says a new supervisor fired him after instituting a ban on prayers during work breaks, even though a previous supervisor allowed him to do so.
The St. Paul-based Islamic rights group said Abdi was rehired at a St. Paul store that’s closer to his home. The group says he will be allowed to pray during breaks.
A spokeswoman for the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer tells the Star Tribune that the company is “glad everyone came together to resolve the issue on a positive note.”