A Muslim woman whose small-claims court case was dismissed after she refused to remove her veil sued the judge Wednesday, saying her religious and civil rights were violated.
Ginnnah Muhammad, 42, of Detroit, says in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit that Judge Paul Paruk's request to remove her veil _ and his decision to dismiss her case when she didn't _ was unconstitutional based on her First Amendment right to practice her religion.
The claim against Paruk also cites a federal civil rights law in alleging that Muhammad was denied access to the courts because of her religion.
Muhammad wore a niqab _ a scarf and veil that covers her head and face, leaving only the eyes visible _ during the October hearing in Hamtramck, a city surrounded by Detroit....
Paruk told her he needed to see her face to judge her truthfulness and gave her a choice: take off the veil while testifying or have the case dismissed. She kept it on. [Link]
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