Jareen Imam wrote for CNN that a group of meat packers at the Fort Morgan, Colorado, plant sought the opportunity to pray all at once in a room in the facility "set aside for prayer and reflection." Their supervisor requested they break in smaller numbers so production wasn't stalled, 10 workers resigned after their shift ended, and when news spread, about 150 workers missed work in protest.
Emilie Rusch and Jesse Paul noted for The Denver Post conflicting accounts over why the firings happened.
Cargill indicated it made every "reasonable attempt" to accommodate workers in regards to their faith. However, accommodation isn't guaranteed each day and "depends on changing factors in the plant," the Post reported.
The protestors missing three consecutive days of work without giving notice violated Cargill's attendance policy, ending in the terminations, Cargill spokesman Michael Martin told CNN.
However, the Post's piece stated the official take on accommodations for the Muslims to pray was questionable.
"The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is representing more than 100 of the fired employees, said Thursday that messaging from plant supervisors has not always been so clear," the report read. "On Dec. 18, the Friday before employee protests began Dec. 21, the workers were told: 'If you want to pray, go home,' CAIR spokesman Jaylani Hussein said."