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U.S. sues School District over beard policy

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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.

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