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Philly police officer may not wear Muslim head scarf

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A federal judge has ruled that a Philadelphia police officer does not have the right to wear a hijab, or head scarf, when she is in uniform. Kimberlie Webb, an officer since 1995, was suspended after showing up three times at roll call wearing her hijab, despite being told not to. The EEOC filed suit against the Philadelphia police department.
    Presiding Judge Harvey Bartle ruled that the department’s uniform code “has a compelling public purpose” and “maintains religious neutrality.”
    He cited a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals decision that found Pennsylvania's “Garb Statute” did not violate the rights of a Philadelphia public school teacher, who was barred from wearing a Muslim head covering.
    The department first objected to Webb’s hijab on the basis of safety but ultimately argued that the standard police uniform is critical to the department’s “obedience, unity, commitment and esprit de corps.” The judge agreed.

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