Bloomberg Law
Sept. 28, 2021, 4:08 PM

Muslim McDonald’s Worker Can Pursue Hijab, Prayer Break Suit

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

The owner of McDonald’s franchises in Maryland must face a Muslim department manager’s lawsuit alleging she was harassed based on her religion and sex for wearing a hijab at work and had her permission to take prayer breaks rescinded, a federal judge in Baltimore ruled.

Diamond Powell says the abuse occurred while she was working for Susdewitt Management LLC, which does business as McDonald’s at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The harassment began soon after she converted to Islam in February 2017 and received permission to wear her religious head scarf while working, she says.

The abuse included crude, religious-based sexual overtures ...

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