New York: Muslim prison guard wants $8,000,000 for her boss forcing her to take off her hijab

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In New York a muslim prison guard is suing for 8 million dollars because she was forced to take off her hijab at work by her boss.

Any number of things could be hidden in a hijab so it only makes sense checking into a prison for work you would have to comply with dress code and remove the hijab.

“Male boss forced Muslim prison guard to remove her hijab: suit,” by Andrew Denney, New York Post, December 26, 2019:

A female corrections officer says she was forced to defy her Muslim beliefs when a lone male supervisor demanded she remove her hijab, a new $8 million lawsuit charges.

Maureen Billings, a corrections officer at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, claims her bosses retaliated against her after the 2017 incident by taking her off payroll for seven months, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in White Plains.

Billings claims her captain, Paul Artuz, made her take off her hijab during a meeting at the women’s prison to demonstrate that it could be quickly removed without it choking her, the suit reads.

The woman said she would be OK with taking off the hijab in front of Artuz as long as a fellow female officer was in the room.

The Islamic faith prohibits women from disrobing in front of men who are not of their immediate family, Billings alleges.

But Artuz refused to bring in a female officer, despite the fact that at least two other female captains were on duty that day, the papers charge.

Following the meeting, Billings injured her knee in what was deemed a stress injury.

But Billings said that her bosses retaliated against her over the hijab issue in May 2017 by taking her off the payroll and not allowing her to return to duty for seven months, despite the fact that she had a doctor’s note stating that she was cleared to work….

The woman is demanding at least $8 million in damages, her suit states….

“This is a case that demands immediate attention,” said Frederick Brewington, an attorney for Billings. “Religious accommodations of this sort cause no problems for an employer.”

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