In the Courts: EEOC Sues Nursing Home That Refused to Let CNA Wear Hijab

August 1, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit against a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility for allegedly refusing to let a certified nursing assistant (CNA) wear a hijab to work and for firing her in retaliation when she filed a charge with EEOC, according to an EEOC press release.

The woman was hired as a CNA, and she began wearing a hijab to work in accordance with her sincerely held religious beliefs. The nursing home allegedly told the CNA to remove the hijab or be subject to termination. The CNA filed a charge with EEOC stating that the nursing home had refused to accommodate her religious beliefs. The nursing home received notice of the CNA's charge and fired her summarily weeks later. According to EEOC, the CNA was fired in retaliation for filing the charge with EEOC and...

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