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Settlement Reached in NYPD Religious Facial Hair Policy Lawsuit

posted on January 17, 2018

NBC News’ Chris Fuchs reports, “A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit brought by a Muslim police officer who alleged that the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) former no-beard policy was unconstitutional.” Officer Masood Syed, a Sunni Muslim, had been suspended without pay in June 2016 for refusing to trim his beard to 1 millimeter. The NYPD has since updated its policies to allow religious accommodation for beards and religious headwear. Fuchs writes, “The settlement also calls for an 18-month review period to monitor the religious accommodation process for facial hair.”

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