Muslim detention officer files suit against Sheriff

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has jumped on the anti-Arpaio bandwagon. The far-left group has filed a discrimination lawsuit  against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)  The claim? The MCSO discriminated against a former detention officer of the Muslim faith.

ACLU lawyers filed the suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of plaintiff Sinan Fazlovic, 34, who charges that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office made him choose between keeping his facial hair or keeping his job.  Fazlovic alleges he made repeated requests for religious accommodation.

MCSO officials said the agency was simply observing state safety regulations. “The Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing a safe environment for employees and inmates,” said Gerard Sheridan, MCSO chief of custody. “We comply with Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health . . . as it pertains to facial hair and its potential to compromise the effectiveness of safety equipment.”

The beard would impede Fazlovic’s ability to perform his duties since he couldn’t properly wear a special breathing mask necessary during emergencies. Instead, Fazlovic requested being fitted for a special mask that would accommodate facial hair.

Fazlovic, a Bosnian immigrant, shaved his beard for about a year before re-growing his facial hair and requesting a change in position. MCSO then reassigned Fazlovic to a clerical position with lesser pay. He resigned in 2008.

Fazlovic seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

6 Responses to Muslim detention officer files suit against Sheriff

  1. Chuck says:

    The ACLU has made a name for itself in sensationalism. I noticed your link to the article where they defended pedophiles who ruined the lives of innocent children or in the case detailed actually completed the sick acts by murdering the young boy.

    As to the Detention Officer, he wanted special accommodations that were out of sync with mandated Health and Safety standards. He should have sought other employment or kept his beard shaved as he seemed agreeable to do earlier.

  2. Marianne says:

    It seems that if special accommodations are necessary for faith based rather than health related reasons, the person needing those specials needs met should not seek employment where there will be obvious problems in meeting the specific demands, such as foot washing stations, five breaks to pray each day, wearing a turban (for instance,) if you must wear special gear such as firefighter’s helmets, etc.

    Much of this appears calculated for garnering attention and monetary rewards. Plus the sheriff is an easy target and one the press loves to hate.

  3. George Teegarden says:

    So where does the ACLU stand with regard to a pharmacist’s right to decline to fill or counsel for prescription drugs which violate their moral or religious views? Just asking…

  4. Captain Marvel says:

    Mr. Teegarden, I doubt you’re a standup comedian, but your request for information about the leftist ACLU, deserves a response. My best answer is any group that defends murderous pedophiles is not going to care a whit about a pharmacist’s moral objections to dispensing abortion drugs.

  5. SherriAZ says:

    I do not get Muslims who take jobs that have requirements that they cannot possibly meet due to their religion. I can only conclude that where there is an opportunity to make a buck via a lawsuit, they will take it. Many other minorities have done the same before them. Most count on settlements and usually get them- it’s the dirty secret of the HR world that the Legal departments almost always cave in order to save on court costs, regardless of the claims veracity. Employees know this and turn to the EEOC or ACLU to get their cases picked up for free. If this former employee wins any money at all, watch for more of these cases to be set up. Ultimately it will hurt Muslims as companies can always find a reason not to hire someone- especially in this climate.

  6. RA says:

    The MCSO should reserve the right to split hairs even if Mr. Faslovic refuses to.