Our View: Holiday inequality is religious inequality

As our plates fill with turkey and stuffing, employees all over the world make sure that shelves are stocked and displays are set. At what point do we let the workers rest and enjoy their families?

Employees work around the clock, braving the Black Friday crowds, their stomachs untouched by their family’s turkeys. They look ahead to a time where nearly all retailers close: Christmas.

Why do we allow employees to rest on a religious holiday but not a national one?

The United States was born out of imposed religion and high taxes, so why do we not acknowledge the other religions the way we recognize Christianity? We do not shut down our retail sector for any national holiday, for the first day of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or any other day except for Dec. 25.

America is overworked; we need more days off, not fewer. Why not do what was intended by the “melting pot” and enjoy a bit of each holiday? We need a new system in place. A better amount of holiday days per employees, shut down of all retail on national holidays or something of the effect.

America needs to take a chapter out of the books of Switzerland with written law of four weeks vacation and holiday preferences. We need to let our employees and customers breathe. The United States needs to reevaluate the proportions of holidays, close shops on national holidays and respect the holidays of the minorities.

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