Thursday, February 14, 2013

Orange County Settles, Allowing Muslim Women In Custody To Wear Hijab

The San Clemente Patch reported yesterday that Orange Count, California has settled a 6-year long lawsuit brought against it by the ACLU on behalf of Souhair Khatib, a Muslim woman who was required to remove her hijab (head scarf) while in a courthouse holding cell. (See prior posting.) Under the settlement, Orange County officials will no longer require women in custody to remove their hijab. Also the county will provide training to law enforcement officers on the new policy, and will pay $85,000 in damages, fees and court costs.