Muslim Woman Says Georgia Corrections Department Prohibited Her From Wearing Hijab

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A Muslim woman who worked as a prison guard for the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) claimed she was not allowed to wear a hijab while she was at work.

Jalanda Calhoun, a corrections officer who worked at Rogers State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia for three years, filed a complaint with the Georgia Commission of Equal Opportunity on May 13. Calhoun said the GDC violated her religious beliefs by prohibiting her from wearing her religious head covering, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Calhoun, 25, told her supervisors that she had recently converted to Islam and would begin to wear a hijab to work and would need a 10-minute break to pray, according to AJC. When she first began to wear the hijab, Calhoun said she was stared at and received inappropriate comments.

“Both my job and my religion are very important to me,” Calhoun told the publication. “I never…

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