Firefights' Lawsuit Declares Hair Policy to Be Violation of Religious Freedom Act

May 31, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On May 31, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "Six D.C. firefighters filed a federal lawsuit yesterday alleging that Fire Chief Ronnie Few illegally interfered with their religious beliefs by ordering them to cut their hair or trim their beards to conform with a department grooming policy...The lawsuit seeks a court order that would declare the policy violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a 1993 law, and First Amendment rights."