Hertz Fires 25 Drivers Who Don’t Clock Out To Pray
Hertz in Seattle terminated 25 drivers who would not punch out for prayer (h/t Global Grind).
The rental-car company at the time said some of the workers were taking longer than the 10 minutes allowed. The workers usually take two paid breaks during a regular eight-hour shift.
Nine of the 34 suspended drivers signed the agreement and have returned to their jobs, the company said…
The Teamsters said the requirement for workers to clock out for that break is not in the contact and the firm had agreed during negotiations last year it would not require it.
The union said the company implemented a unilateral change on the day it suspended the drivers without first negotiating with the union, a contractual violation.
The union has filed grievances against Hertz with the National Labor Relations Board and said it’s filing religious discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
[Company spokesman Rich] Broome said the company and the workers had reached an EEOC settlement two years ago, in which workers agreed they would clock out for their two breaks.
The company had been informing workers that they needed to clock out for some time before finally posting a notice to that effect on the day they were suspended.