Indianapolis, IN asked in Civil Rights and Employment Law for Indiana

Q: Can a restaurant make me cut my beard if I’m Muslim In Indiana

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A: Since wearing a beard is considered “sunnah” for Muslim men, and not obligatory, it may be difficult to compel an employer to allow you to wear a beard as a religious accommodation. Moreover, in the food service industry, it may impose an undue hardship on the employer given health regulations.

Sikhs and Haredi Orthodox Jews have a much stronger case because their religious beliefs require men to grow beards.

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