A security firm in Philadelphia was ordered to pay USD 50K fine by the court for discrimination against a muslim woman employee.
Julie Holloway-Russell, a devout Muslim, was accepted as a part-time security officer when she, wearing a khimar (headscarf), applied for an employment at Philadelphia Convention Center. The firm, Imperial Security hired her. But, when she came to work wearing the muslim woman’s attire, she was told to remove the headscarf for violating company’s dress code. She explained that her religion, islam, requires woman to wear jilbab and refused to remove it. The firm then fired her.
She filed a religious discrimination complain to the court which granted her a victory. In addition to the 50.000 USD fine, the firm was also ordered to hire an equal employment opportunity officer to receive discrimination and retaliation complaints.