A federal judge has allowed a former protective security officer’s religious discrimination case against his employer to proceed on allegations that he was terminated for refusing to trim his beard in observation of his faith.

Kirk Richards, a former protective securities officer at the Social Security Administration, filed a 10-count complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in October 2020, accusing Walden Security of discrimination and retaliation claims under Title 20 of the Maryland State Government Code and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the district court’s opinion filed Wednesday.