N.J. Muslim Prison Guard’s Firing Upheld Over Her Refusal to Ditch Religious Headscarf on Job

Camden County Correctional Facility did not violate the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination when it fired a Muslim correction officer because she wouldn’t remove her headscarf when working, the New Jersey appeals court ruled.

The court said that the facility had a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for the action–the need to present a unified, neutral and unbiased force to the public and inmates. Also, allowing her to wear the headscarf while on duty presented the danger that it could be used to choke someone or smuggle contraband in.

Thus, her requested accommodation to wear the headscarf was not reasonable.

The next stop for this case–if the correction officer were to appeal–is the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The case is Tisby v. Camden County Correctional Facility.

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