Lawsuit over Muslim head scarves in jail settled

Lawsuit over Muslim head scarves in jail settled

ORANGE — A Southern California county will allow jailed Muslim women to wear head scarves after settling a lawsuit with a woman who claims that deputies violated her religious freedom by making her remove her hijab.

The settlement agreement signed by the county last week and released Monday specifies that Muslim women must be provided a private area to remove their head scarves after arrest and must be provided with county-issued head scarves to cover themselves when they are in the presence of men.

The county, which did not admit wrongdoing, will also pay $45,000 in damages.

Plaintiff Jameelah Medina will get $10,000 after subtracting attorney fees, said Hector Villagra, director of the Orange County office of the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Medina, 30, was arrested in December 2005 in Pomona for having an invalid train pass. She spent 12 hours in jail but was never prosecuted.

Medina, a business trainer who lives in Rialto, said that during processing she was forced to remove her head scarf in the presence of a male deputy even though she explained that to do so violated her religious beliefs.

– Source: Lawsuit over Muslim head scarves in jail settled, Gillian Flaccus, AP via the Ventura Star (California, USA), Nov. 4, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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