A woman will get a $25,000 award and the New Jersey county that fired her in a dispute over her Muslim headscarf will change its policies under a settlement agreement reached with the Department of Justice.

Essex County refused to allow corrections officer Yvette Beshier to wear a khimar, a form of religiously mandated headscarf, on duty, the Justice Department said in a statement on Friday.

She was first suspended and then dismissed over the issue. The Justice Department said the actions constituted employment discrimination on the basis of religion, violating federal law.

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