Muslim Police Officers in New Jersey Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

May 19, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On May 19, 2000, The New York Times reported that 33 Sunni Muslim police officers settled a federal lawsuit against the New Jersey State Department of Corrections in regard to banned beards. The officers claimed they were being discriminated against because the Department required that a religious leader certify that an officer's beard was being grown out of religious obligation. The Department of Corrections decided to eliminate the third-party certification.