A civil rights advocacy group has filed a federal complaint against DTE Energy on behalf of a former worker who alleges he faced discrimination and unfair discipline by a supervisor over his religious rituals.
According to a grievance that the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations filed Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ibrahim Canales, who is a Muslim, was allowed to attend Friday prayers when he joined the Detroit-based company in early 2017 by working extra hours daily to compensate for the time lost.
But that changed when another supervisor arrived two months later, the filing states. "Canales' new supervisor now refused to allow him to leave to attend Friday prayers, despite the fact that several other non-Muslim employees were allowed to work long hours during the week and take Fridays off completely," CAIR-MI officials said in statement. "When Canales obtained permission to leave on Fridays from other supervisors, he received disciplines that were later dismissed as being unfounded."