Attorneys with the Council on American-Islamic Relations have filed a federal lawsuit against Brillion-based Ariens Company regarding the business' break policy, which drew push back from Somali Muslim workers.

The lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in Green Bay lists 19 plaintiffs, and claims violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.

The document states that the plaintiffs are seeking "compensatory and punitive damages" along with back pay and coverage of attorney fees.

The lawsuit claims Ariens forced the employees to choose between "violating their core religious beliefs by not performing their obligatory prayers to maintain their employment."

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