- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed an employment discrimination complaint over the ban on Columbus officers wearing headscarves for religious reasons.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1J7ncmi ) reports the complaint was filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on Thursday.

The chapter’s attorney, Roman Iqbal, says the city’s ban discriminates against religious Muslim women who want to join the police force. He says it also violates state law requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodation for the religious beliefs of employees and prospective employees.

Mayor Michael Coleman said last week he supports Chief Kim Jacobs’ decision not to allow officers to wear headscarves or hijabs.

Coleman says the city will try harder to recruit immigrants to the force.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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