A Muslim representative with the Georgia Branch of Remedies documented a separation protest this week claiming she was restricted from wearing a hijab at work.
Jalanda Calhoun, a 25-year-old prison guard at Rogers State Jail in Reidsville, said she changed over to Islam in January and at first wore a hijab to work with minimal episode past some “amusing looks” and “improper remarks” from supervisors.
Within a month, however, Calhoun said she was told she could never again wear her hijab to work.
“Both my activity and my religion are essential to me,” Calhoun said at a public interview Wednesday. “I never figured I would need to pick between them.”
The Georgia section of the Board on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim backing gathering, documented the protest for Calhoun’s benefit with the Georgia Commission on Equivalent Open door on Monday.
“Right now, American Muslim ladies can wear hijabs while filling in as troopers, cops, surgeons, and other open administration jobs. However the Territory of Georgia is denying a Muslim lady her protected ideal to wear a hijab while serving the state jail framework,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the official executive of CAIR Georgia, said in a statement.
CAIR Georgia shared February memo it says Calhoun got from jail superintendent Linton Deloach saying she could wear “a top issued by the GDC, a non-GDC top bearing the GDC’s logo or image, or a blue or dark toboggan.”
Mitchell said Calhoun at first consented to “bargain” by wearing a turtleneck and a top, however mentioned that she be permitted to cover her hair and ears. The superintendent, in his update, said “the preparing standard for female prison guards” expects them to leave their ear cartilage visible.
The division “endeavored to oblige” Calhoun, said Lori Benoit, a GDC spokeswoman.
“The GDC was reached by the CAIR in regards to Officer Calhoun’s worries, and we endeavored to oblige her to the degree conceivable given the high security condition in which she works. We lament that she has discovered those endeavors unsatisfactory and is seeking after a legitimate cure,” Benoit told HuffPost.
Asked to elucidate what lodging the GDC offered, Benoit said she was “unfit to remark on the particulars of the complaint.”
She additionally couldn’t clear up what the division’s strategies are in regards to religious pieces of clothing on workers and said arrangement rules must be seen by documenting an open records demand with the GDC. HuffPost did as such and did not promptly get a response.
CAIR sent a letter to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office prior in the month mentioning he issue a request clearing up express representatives’ rights to wear “crosses, Stars of David, hijabs, yarmulkes, and different religious things that don’t meddle with their duties.”
“We are as yet sitting tight for a formal reaction to our solicitation,” Mitchell said.
The senator’s office did not quickly react to a solicitation for comment.