A Michigan rehabilitation facility responded to a lawsuit filed by a former employee by denying claims made against its director of nursing operations. In the legal action, a nursing supervisor formerly employed by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital alleged that the director practiced race discrimination when she told the supervisor that she would not be allowed to provide any care for a white patient. According to the report, the patient's family had made the request that there be no black caregivers for him. The former nursing supervisor is African-American.
In an action that Muslim workers in Detroit might find relevant, a group of Somali Muslim DHL Global Mail employees are claiming religious discrimination because the delivery company reversed its policy of flexible break times, which initially allowed them to stop work for the five-minute prayers required by their religion. The Islamic employees accused DHL of worker discrimination after the company fired two dozen of them, allegedly for pausing in their duties to say the prayers, which had previously been allowed. One fired employee made $11.57 per hour to sort mail and said that he had never received any negative comments about his work.
An AT&T worker who converted to Islam in 2005 was shocked at the change in the way her coworkers treated her. They had never bothered her before, but now they called her hijab "that thing on her head" and referred to her as a "towelhead" and a "terrorist." What was even more shocking to her was that her supervisors knew what she was going through, but made so little effort to stop the harassment.
According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, claims of religious discrimination are on the rise in the workplace. This seems to indicate two things: first, that as places like Detroit become more diverse, employees are more aware of their religious rights and second, that employers may be having difficulty keeping up with what they are supposed to do.