A long-time security guard in the Philadelphia School District has filed a religious discrimination suit following the district’s decision to change its grooming policy. The new policy says male employees’ beards can be no longer than a quarter of an inch.
The guard, who is a Muslim, claims his faith does not allow him to trim his beard. The man’s EEOC complaint notes that he never trimmed his beard during the 27 years he has worked for the district.
He claims he has been able to perform his job with the beard during that time.
Note: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination based on religion. Employers must accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs unless doing so would constitute an undue hardship.