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Sorry, officer Webb, you can’t wear your khimar while you’re on the force.

The US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey) ruled that the Philly Police Department had a sufficient interest in appearing uniform while in uniform, to disguise any personal preference (including religion) so that allowing an exception for the plaintiff would be more than a de minimis cost to the employer.

Nothing really new there.

What caught my attention was the description of the headscarf: “Webb’s headscarf would cover neither her face nor her ears, but would cover her head and the back of her neck.” I’ve seen a lot of headscarves in my day, both on women who are praying and who cover their heads all the time, but I’ve never seen something like that.

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