Columbia fined over Muslim breaks

- Columbia University faces fines up to $250,000 from New York City's Commission on Human Rights after a Muslim former employee accused the university of not allowing enough prayer breaks during the holy month of Ramadan.

The ex-employee accused university chaplain Jewelnel Davis, a Christian, of discrimination based on religion after Davis allegedly did not let the employee work different hours during Ramadan and punished the complainant for taking five prayer breaks a day, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported.

The complaint claims Davis provided similar religious accommodations for staff members of other religions, while the Muslim employee was reprimanded for taking multiple breaks and saw her workload increase.

The chaplain’s staff consists of six advisers for Christian students, three for Jewish students, and one each for Buddhists and “ethical humanists,” the College Fix reported.

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