Judge: cab driver should be allowed to wear religious attire

4 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 24 2015 Jun 24, 2015 Wednesday, June 24, 2015 11:27:32 AM CDT June 24, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis judge ruled that a Pakistani Muslim taxi driver can wear religious attire while driving his cab.

For years, Raja Naeem of St. Louis and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission battled over his clothing. The commission requires drivers to wear black pants and a white, button-down shirt.

After a 2013 court ruling, the commission offered to allow Naeem to wear a kurta, the loose-fitting clothing worn on the torso, but it must be white. He was also allowed to wear the kufi, a head garment.

Naeem went back to court last year, saying the parameters violated his freedom of religious expression.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Judge Robert Dierker on Monday agreed with Naeem.

A spokesman for the taxicab commission declined immediate comment.

 

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