Muslim NYPD officer sues after being suspended without pay for refusing to shave his beard for religious reasons


Muslim NYPD officer sues after being suspended without pay for refusing to shave his beard for religious reasons

New York Police Department Officer Masood Syed, a practicing Muslim, center, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York Wednesday, June 22, 2016, after a judge ordered the city to reinstate his salary and benefits after he sued the city over police rules requiring that anyone exempt from the department's no beard policy for religious or other reasons limit beard length to one millimeter. The NYPD suspended Syed a day earlier without pay. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)
New York Police Department Officer Masood Syed, a practicing Muslim, center, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York Wednesday, June 22, 2016, after a judge ordered the city to reinstate his salary and benefits after he sued the city over police rules requiring that anyone exempt from the department’s no beard policy for religious or other reasons limit beard length to one millimeter. The NYPD suspended Syed a day earlier without pay. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)
  • New York Police Department Officer Masood Syed was suspended without pay by the agency on Tuesday for refusing to shave
  • He sued the agency on Wednesday, saying its no-beard policy is unconstitutional
  • NYPD says it bans beard as a safety measure but allows beards for religious reasons up to one millimeter in length
  • Syed, a law clerk in the department, has worn a beard of about half-to-one inch (13 to 25 mm) for years for religious reasons  
  • During an emergency hearing on Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the agency to continue paying Syed his salary and benefits 

Officer Masood Syed, who said he has maintained about half-to-one-inch beard (13-25mm) for most of his 10-year career, has sued the department saying its no-beard policy is unconstitutional.

The department says it bans beards as a safety measure so gas masks fit tightly across faces, but allows beards for religious reasons up to one millimeter in length.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3654957/Judge-NYC-police-Pay-officer-sued-beard-length.html#ixzz4CO1x01Me

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