(SAN DIEGO, CA, 10/9/07) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) announced today that a Muslim sheriff’s department employee will be allowed to re-take her identification photograph while wearing her religiously-mandated head scarf, or hijab.
CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida met recently with the employee relations manager of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to discuss accommodating the woman’s request to wear a head scarf in the photograph. Hopida provided the department with a copy of CAIR’s booklet, “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” outlining legal requirements for religious accommodation in the workplace.
“We welcome the decision of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to provide reasonable religious accommodation to its employees,” said Hopida.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, 619-913-0719 or 858-278-4547, e-mail email@example.com