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In two recent instances, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has waded into disputes between employers and workers who said they were fired after coming to work wearing head coverings in accordance with their Muslim faith. The actions serve to illustrate both a lack of training on the part of some managers and the difficulties of making a case when newfound religious devotion results in a sudden change on a worker’s part, say attorneys involved in the cases.

In the most recent local case, a federal jury ruled against a woman who said she was forced to choose between her faith and her job when she showed up at work wearing a hijab, or head scarf.

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