Muslim Police Officer Suspended for Goatee in New York

Source: The New York Times

On July 4, 1999, The New York Times reported that
Christopher M. Letz, a six-year veteran of the New York State Park
Police, was suspended on June 22nd, 1999 for insubordination because
he grew a goatee, which is against department regulations. Letz, who
grew the goatee to comply with Muslim teachings, was inspired by a
March 1999 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals that blocked the
dismissal of two Muslim police officers in Newark, New Jersey for
growing beards for religious reasons. Though Officer Letz is not in
favor of escalating the situation, he is considering hiring a lawyer
and getting the New York Civil Liberties Union involved.