The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a St. Louis County woman who claims that a nationwide security firm discriminated against prospective Muslim employees, the group said Tuesday.

Securitas Security Services refused to hire Zahraa-Imani Ali, "at least in part, but likely entirely, on the fact that Ms. Ali wears the hijab as part of her adherence to the Islamic faith," lawyer Robert West claimed in a statement announcing the suit.

The suit, filed Oct. 21, seeks monetary damages, costs and attorneys' fees and seeks class-action status to represent other applicants.

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