“The county, which did not admit wrongdoing, will also pay $45,000 in damages.”
“Jail Agrees to Allow Headscarves for Muslim Inmates,” from AP, November 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
ORANGE, Calif. “” A Southern California county will allow jailed Muslim women to wear headscarves 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 headscarves after arrest and must be provided with county-issued headscarves 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. […]
“We had a concern about religious rights and they had a concern about safety. We met halfway to ensure that nothing like this will ever happen again,” Villagra said.