Businesses Face Muslim Practices

The National Association of Human Resources Directors (L’Association nationale des directeurs des ressources humaines) has taken up the question of religious claims in the workplace, particularly for Muslims. For instance, Hamid, an employee of the Paris Airport, recently refused to move carts full of alcohol to airplanes claiming it was against his religious beliefs. Several large French companies like L`Or_al, Gaz de France, Total, and Vinci have participated for the last year with a group organized by the Association of Dynamic Diversity (L`association Dynamique Diversit_) led by anthropologist Dounia Bouzar to discuss these issues. Companies have begun making accommodations: employees often have to right to absent themselves on A_d-el-Kebir and many have created prayer rooms.