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New York DOC Settles Guard's Religious Observance Suit for $50,000

Abdul Haqq, a New York state Department of Correctional Services (DOC) guard and devout Muslim, was ordered to stop wearing his kufi (small close-fitting skullcap) at work. He filed suit in federal district court, alleging that the same violated his rights under Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On May 21, 2007 Judge Harold Baer approved a settlement agreement in which Haqq agreed to dismiss the suit in exchange for $50,000 ($48,000 in attorney fees and the rest in costs) and a policy revision which would allow him to wear a kufi at work. See: Haqq v. NY state Dep't. of Correctional Services, USDC SDNY, Case No. 06-08156.

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Haqq v. NY state Dep't. of Correctional Services