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Toyota Denies Reports of Religious Bias in Turkey, Zaman Reports

May 29, 2012

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Turkish headquarters denied allegations by former workers that it discriminates against employees because they exercise Islamic beliefs, Zaman reported.

Toyota Otomotiv Sanayi Turkiye AS has three small mosques and arranges meal times to accommodate its employees, whose majority fast during the month of Ramadan, Zaman reported, citing a statement from the Sakarya-based company.

The Japanese automaker’s Turkish arm said it let go 143 employees because of capacity cuts, paying them an additional 10 months’ salary on top of the officially mandated compensation, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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