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Dear Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats: A hijab is not a hat

By Liz Bucar — January 3, 2019

(RNS) — Changing a 182-year-old ban on headwear in the U.S. House to accommodate Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s headscarf is a nice gesture. But the congresswoman’s attire should be automatically protected by the First Amendment.

Iranian women protest obligatory headscarf

By Lauren Markoe — January 30, 2018

(RNS) — The women appear to be following the lead of a 31-year-old protester identified as Vida Movahed, who took off her headscarf on the same street in late December. She was detained for a few weeks and then released.

EU court allows companies to ban headscarves. What will be the impact on Muslim women?

By Z. Fareen Parvez — March 19, 2017

(The Conversation) The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that interprets EU law issued a landmark judgment on March 14 that upheld the right of private companies in EU member countries to enact policies barring employees from wearing “religious, political and philosophical signs” in the interest of “neutrality.” Such visible signs range from […]

EU headscarf ban ruling sparks faith group backlash

By Reuters — March 14, 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) The judgment on that and a French case came on the eve of a Dutch election in which Muslim immigration is a key issue and weeks before France votes for a president in a similarly charged campaign.

When did ‘modesty’ become a dirty word?

By guest — September 8, 2016

(RNS) Why not let it all hang out? The Quran has the answer.

Christian woman told to remove headscarf for driver’s license

By guest — August 30, 2016

(Reuters) The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on her behalf.

Citadel refuses Muslim woman’s request to wear hijab

By Yonat Shimron — May 10, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel’s president said the student’s request to wear the headscarf was given “considerable review” by the college in Charleston, and he added the school hoped the admitted student would still enroll.

Missouri Christian wears hijab in solidarity

By Sally Morrow — March 18, 2016

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) To protest the anti-Muslim rhetoric of this presidential campaign, high school counselor Martha DeVries decided to wear a hijab in public every Monday.

Workplace bias complaints pour in from Michigan Muslims

By Tresa Baldas — December 27, 2015

DETROIT — Terry Ali, a 48-year-old medical receptionist is suing Livonia Dermatology, claiming the clinic fired her two days after the deadly San Bernardino shooting because of her religious beliefs. Specifically, she wore a hijab to work.

Muslim teachers can wear headscarves in German schools, court says

By Reuters — March 13, 2015

BERLIN (Reuters) The court ruled that religious symbols could only be banned when they posed “not just an abstract but a concrete risk of disruption in schools.”

Supreme Court wrestles with accommodating religious faith on the job

By Lauren Markoe — February 25, 2015

(RNS) A fashionista teen wears her headscarf to an Abercrombie & Fitch interview and doesn’t get the job. Now her religious freedom case is the Supreme Court’s to decide.

Supreme Court to hear case of a headscarf that cost a Muslim teen a job

By Lauren Markoe — February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (RNS) A headscarf-wearing teenager wanted to work at Abercrombie & Fitch. The store said no. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether she faced religious discrimination.

Justices to take up Abercrombie & Fitch headscarf case

By Richard Wolf — October 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court agreed to rule on a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim girl who claimed she was not hired as a “model” by Abercrombie & Fitch because of her black headscarf.

Does the Muslim headscarf boost body image?

By Lauren Markoe — September 16, 2014

(RNS) A new British study shows that Muslim women who wear headscarfs think better of their bodies than Muslim women who don’t.

EEOC details employer rules as religious worker complaints rise

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — March 6, 2014

(RNS) As complaints near record highs, the EEOC is making its guidelines for religious workplace accommodation elaborately clear.

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