We just got a new co-worker who is Muslim. She gets special breaks every day. I asked her why and she explained it is because she is required to pray at certain times. It’s not fair that she gets extra breaks while the rest of us have to work. How do us regular folk get a sweet deal like that?
— Evil Skippy
P.S. A big slap to you for the “regular” comment. It makes you sound like a closed-minded, biased dolt. I don’t mean that as an insult. It’s just a factual observation.
In the United States, employers are required to accommodate the bona fide religious practices of employees. Two common accommodations are (1) days off on religious holidays or Sabbaths, and (2) Breaks for required prayer.
You’ll feel better if you leave your inner child at home and let your adult-self be the one who comes to work. Unlike pre-school where if one kid gets a cookie all the kids get a cookie, in the grown-up workplace there are times when people are not treated exactly the same. Some people get breaks due to religious beliefs; others get time off for medical needs. This does not mean you get breaks or a mini-vacation. Grow up and get over it. Do your job and stop labeling other people as “regular” based on their religious beliefs.
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