A Muslim woman who works as a Philadelphia police officer is not entitled to wear a religious headscarf, a federal judge has ruled, because the department's policy that forbids religious garb is designed to maintain "religious neutrality." Chief U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III held that the police department's blanket policy forbidding officers from wearing any religious garb "has a compelling public purpose" and does not violate the plaintiff officer's religious-freedom rights.
Muslim Police Officer Loses Suit Over Headscarf
The Legal Intelligencer
June 15, 2007
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