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Dell: Dispute over Muslim prayers resolved

PC maker says it has resolved dispute with Muslim workers who left their jobs after being prevented from performing traditional Muslim evening prayers.

Dell says it has resolved a dispute with Muslim workers who left their jobs after being prevented from performing traditional Muslim evening prayers. The workers, contractors hired through staffing firm Spherion to work for Dell in Nashville, Tenn., left their jobs at the company on Feb. 4.

About a third of the 31 workers are now back on the job, following an offer by Dell and Spherion to return. The rest will be notified in writing with the same offer. The dispute was resolved at a meeting late last week between Dell, Spherion, the workers and mediators, Dell said.

Aside from the offer to return to work, the employees will be allowed time for prayer. Dell's religious tolerance policy allows for religious expression such as Muslims' evening prayers. However, a Dell spokesman said that on the day in question, workers were not allowed to pray due to a misunderstanding of that policy. Under the agreement, the companies will provide additional training to employees on the Dell religious tolerance policy.