DOJ Sues Philly School District Over Facial Hair Policy

Law360, New York (March 6, 2014, 1:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against the School District of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, accusing it of discriminating against a school police officer by requiring him to trim his beard in violation of his Islamic religious beliefs.

The DOJ said in the complaint that Siddiq Abu-Bakr, who has worked for the district for about 27 years, was reprimanded after he refused to trim his beard once a new grooming policy went into effect in 2010 requiring school police officers to keep...
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