Muslim Women File Religious Discrimination Suit

March 3, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On March 3, 1999, The Washington Post published an article on the religious discrimination complaint filed by five Muslim women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Muslim women contend that they were fired from a Dulles International Airport security firm for refusing to remove their Islamic head scarves. The suit, which names Argenbright Security Inc. and United Airlines as respondents, alleges a civil rights violation based on federal law that requires employers to accommodate religious practices on the job. Argenbright was also involved in a suit at the Denver International Airport that claimed Argenbright refused to accept job applications from two women who were wearing head scarves. That case was settled out of court.