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Workers Rights During Ramadan

Know Your Rights in the Workplace this Ramadan

A Message from the CAIR-IA about your Civil Rights

Assalamu' Alaikum:   


We hope and pray that your Ramadan is going well. 

As a service to our community, we are featuring a primer on how to take time off for obligatory rituals to ensure your fasting, prayers, and holiday time are not disrupted by your work. Pease familiarize yourself with your rights as an employee, particularly on religious accommodation.  

Did you know that you are entitled to salat and iftar breaks, and to take time off for Eid? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and particularly section 42 U.S.C § 2000e(j) allow an employee to take time off for sincerely held beliefs, granted they give notice and it's not an undue hardship on the employer.

Photo Credit: Chamsi Dib

Here are some tips on how to request religious accommodation:

  • Do follow your employer's policies when requesting an accommodation. Before making your request, review your employer's policy and follow any procedures stated in the employee manual regarding notification and requesting time off.   
  • Do make clear that the reason you are requesting the accommodation is because of a religious belief or practice.   
  • Do keep a personal record of when and how your request was made, and whether and how it was accommodated.   
  • Do be respectful when requesting an accommodation. Refrain from reciting the law, in the first instance, as most employers will work with you to accommodate your requests for salat and iftar breaks and Eid time off.

To ensure your religious accommodation requests are granted, it is best to begin by following your employer's procedures. If, however, your reasonable requests for prayer and iftar breaks are not accommodated, please know that you have legal rights.

If you have any questions, call CAIR-IA at 319.573.6617.


(With special thanks to CAIR-SF Bay Area)