Jones said he hopes to resolve the conflict quickly with one or two meetings between the parties and mediators. Dell employs about 3,000 workers at its facilities in Nashville and Lebanon, Tenn., and "a number of contract workers on top of that," Drury said.
The mediation will be handled by the city's Human Relations Commission.
Kelvin Jones, executive director of the commission, said his staff has interviewed the workers, who are expected to file formal complaints by early next week.
Washington-based CAIR has also offered to mediate the Nashville dispute, he said.
Thirty Muslims, most of them from Somalia, walked off the job at the Dell Inc.
because they say the company refused to let them take a break for prayer at sunset.