Nashville Police Department Changes Employee Policy Allowing Hijabs After Three Year Battle
BLH Client Maryam Mohammed wanted to be Nashville's first hijab-wearing police officer. After completing the interview process, rigorous physical agility test, and civil service exam, she ranked 25 out of over 100 candidates. But just days before she thought she would be starting the academy, she learned she'd been disqualified because her hijab did not comply with the department's uniform policy. After a three year battle, and on the eve of filing a federal civil rights complaint, the Department agreed to change its policy to allow a blanket acceptance of hijabs and other religious head coverings.