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Muslim jail employee fired for wearing headscarf loses appeal
by Rebecca Everett
A Muslim woman who said she was wrongfully fired from the Camden County Correctional Facility for refusing to take off her headscarf lost her appeal Wednesday, but her attorneys are pledging to take her case to the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
The state appellate court ruled that a lower court was right to dismiss two suits filed by Linda Tisby in the summer of 2015 against her former employer. She became a Sunni Muslim earlier that year and was ordered to remove the headscarf, also called a khimar or hijab, because it violated the uniform policy.
The decision Wednesday said the Camden County Superior Court was right to rule that it would have been an "undue hardship" for the county's Department of Corrections to accommodate her religious beliefs "because of overriding safety concerns, the potential for concealment of contraband, and the importance of uniform neutrality."
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