Join the most important conference in the Jewish world
US government sues Philadelphia schools over beard policy
ByREUTERS
March 6, 2014 05:57

PHILADELPHIA - The US government sued Philadelphia's school district for religious discrimination on Wednesday for demanding that a veteran Muslim police officer trim his beard.

The suit, filed in US District Court by the Department of Justice, said the nation's eighth-largest school district passed a grooming policy in 2010 that mandated beards on police and security officers be no longer than one-quarter of an inch (6.35 mm).



The officer in question, Siddiq Abu-Bakr, keeps an untrimmed beard longer than one-quarter of an inch in adherence to his Islamic faith, the suit said.

In the Philadelphia case, Abu-Bakr has maintained an untrimmed beard for his 27 years with the district "without evidence that the maintenance of an uncut beard has interfered with his job performance," a Justice Department statement said.

Share this article via
from around the web
Related Content
Breaking news
February 20, 2017
Russian ambassador to UN dies in New York

By REUTERS

Top Stories
Israel Weather
  • 5 - 18
    Beer Sheva
    10 - 18
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 5 - 15
    Jerusalem
    8 - 17
    Haifa
  • 9 - 23
    Elat
    7 - 21
    Tiberias