Two groups that protect workers said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Police Chief Kim Jacobs should reconsider their prohibition of head scarves for female Muslim police-officer candidates because it condones prejudice even if it's unintentional.

"We're trying to convince the mayor and the chief that they've made a mistake," said Frederick M. Gittes, a Columbus lawyer and president of Protecting Ohio's Employees, a nonprofit group that promotes workplace diversity and fair-employment practices.

"It's good for the department, good for the public and good for the officers to have a diverse police force and to allow individual adaptations for religious reasons that don't affect officers' safety," he said.

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