The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed an employment-discrimination complaint this morning over the Columbus Police Division's refusal to allow women officers to wear head scarves.

The complaint was filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

The city's ban discriminates against religious Muslim women who want to join the Columbus police force, said Romin Iqbal, CAIR-Ohio's staff attorney. It also violates the Ohio law that requires employers to "provide reasonable accommodation for sincerely held religious beliefs of employees and prospective employees," he said.

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