Suit Continues Over Headscarf Incident in New Orleans School

February 1, 2005

Source: Associated Press

On February 1, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "a suburban New Orleans school system and a former high school teacher have been sued by a Muslim teenager who contends that the board and teacher failed to adequately resolve her claims that the teacher used religious slurs against her and yanked off her religiously mandated head scarf last year. Maryam Motar, who filed the suit Friday in state district court, is seeking unspecified damages from Wes Mix and the Jefferson Parish School Board. She complains about the handling of a November hearing to resolve her complaints. School board members defended their behavior during the hearing and Mix's attorney, Larry Samuel of the Jefferson Federation of Teachers, blasted the lawsuit as financially motivated."