A group of Muslims have sued their former employer after they were forced to choose between their religion and their jobs.

Sixteen former employees of U.S. auto supplier Brose Jefferson have launched a legal complaint against the company for religious discrimination after they were forced to “involuntarily resign”.

It came after the company, which is based in Michigan, told the Muslim men that their request for a change in their meal break during the fasting month of Ramadan could not be accommodated.

The men, who worked a 2pm to 10pm shift, asked for the meal break to be pushed from 7pm to 9pm, when Muslims are allowed to break their fast.

They were told by their employer that they would have to choose whether their religion or their jobs were more important. Following the incident, the men unanimously resigned.

“The law is very clear that an employer has an obligation to provide its employees with reasonable accommodation related to their religious beliefs, and [Brose] failed to do so in this case,” said Cary McGehee, one of the lawyers representing the men.

"From our independent investigation and from the discussions with our clients, there was no difference in production needs this year that would make it unduly burdensome for the company to provide this accommodation."