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Muslims Help Solve Headdress Problem

November 11, 2000|Religion News Service

A Washington, D.C.-based Islamic advocacy group has helped a Florida woman gain the right to wear the Islamic headdress for women while at work.

Fatimah Herman, a Muslim worker with National Maintenance Inc. in Crestview, Fla., was sent home in early September and told she violated company dress policy by refusing to remove her head scarf while at work, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

After Herman asked the council for help, it sent a letter to the company on her behalf, explaining, among other things, the significance of the head scarf to Muslims.

Herman was then allowed to return to work and was given back pay, the council reported.

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