Hertz has fired 25 Somali Muslim drivers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport who refused to clock out for daily breaks to pray, according to news reports.
The drivers, who shuttle rental cars for cleaning and refueling, are among 34 Hertz employees suspended last month for not punching out for the two 10-minute paid breaks during an eight-hour shift. The company said some were taking longer. Nine workers agreed to a new company policy, posted Sept. 30, and have returned to their jobs.
Hertz spokesman Richard Broome told The Seattle Times that the company set up a prayer room at the airport site to accommodate the Muslim employees, some of whom had been with the company for 15 years.