PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School District has settled a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that accused school administrators of discriminating against an employee who said he couldn't trim his beard for religious reasons.
The Philadelphia Daily News (http://bit.ly/1AuzCOe ) reports the lawsuit was settled Monday.
The March lawsuit was prompted by an October 2010 policy preventing school police and security officers from having beards more than a quarter of an inch long. The Justice Department says the policy discriminated against a Muslim officer and others by failing to accommodate their religious beliefs.
An attorney for the district says it can keep the beard-trimming requirement, but must come up with a more detailed policy for how officers can request a religious accommodation. The district had previously settled a complaint by the guard confidentially.
Information from: The Philadelphia Daily News, http://www.phillydailynews.com/