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Justice Department Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Essex County, New Jersey

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2009 at 9:57 PM
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The Department filed a lawsuit today against Essex County, N.J., alleging that it discriminated against a Muslim corrections officer on the basis of her religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The suit alleges that the county refused to permit Yvette Beshier to wear a religiously mandated headscarf while working as a corrections officer.

Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin and religion. Its religious discrimination provisions require employers to make a reasonable accommodation of employees’ religious observances and practices. The Justice Department enforces Title VII’s prohibitions against employment discrimination with respect to state and local governments.

According to the complaint, the Essex County Department of Corrections (DOC), first suspended Beshier and then terminated her on the ground that her wearing of a khimar (a head scarf) violated its uniform policy for corrections officers. The complaint alleges that Beshier had requested a religious accommodation that would permit her to wear her khimar, but the DOC denied her request.

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/June/09-crt-559.html

by on Jun. 9, 2009 at 9:57 PM
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tericared
by on Jun. 9, 2009 at 9:58 PM

"Employees should not have to choose between their religious beliefs and their economic livelihood," said Loretta King, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. "Federal law requires all employers, even those having policies regarding the wearing of uniforms, to reasonably accommodate the religious observances and practices of their employees."

mrs_khan07
by Silver Member on Jun. 9, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Wow. I didn't hear about this. I would not have expected this to happen in New Jersey! It amazes me sometimes how deep prejudices go. So if she is a corrections officer, isn't that government funded? I hope she gets a HUGE settlement!bump

Mrs. Khan

tericared
by on Jun. 10, 2009 at 12:56 AM


Quoting mrs_khan07:

Wow. I didn't hear about this. I would not have expected this to happen in New Jersey! It amazes me sometimes how deep prejudices go. So if she is a corrections officer, isn't that government funded? I hope she gets a HUGE settlement!bump


Me too!

realPatientMama
by on Jun. 10, 2009 at 3:50 AM

How in the world would her scarf get in her way?  What morons!

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