clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

U.S. sues School District over beard policy

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Emma Jacobs for NewsWorks

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against the Philadelphia School District over a grooming policy that it says violates employees’ religious freedom.

The agency filed the Title VII challenge on behalf of a Muslim school police officer who was asked to trim his beard.

The Philadelphia District implemented a grooming policy for school safety officers in 2010 limiting beards to a quarter-inch. The lawsuit says that Siddiq Abu-Bakr, who had been working for the District for two decades, told his supervisor that cutting his beard would violate his religious beliefs.

Abu-Bakr initially filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to the suit.

Read the rest of this story at NewsWorks

Help Chalkbeat raise $80k by Dec 31

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit newsroom filling a vital community need. We could not do this without you, and we need your support to keep going in 2022.

Connect with your community

Find upcoming Philadelphia events

Events

  1. Dec 8 – Virtual Information Session

Sign up for the newsletter Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Sign up for our newsletter.