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Beards No Impediment To Fighting Fires: DC Circ.

Law360 (March 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Firefighters and emergency medical services workers who wear beards for religious reasons will not have to be clean-shaven in order to perform their duties, an appeals court has ruled.

In upholding a 2007 district court summary judgment, judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ruled that the D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services failed to prove that bearded firefighters cannot perform their duties as safely as clean-shaven ones.

Fire department officials have contended that facial hair...
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