A Muslim man who said his former employer fired him because of the beard he wears for religious reasons has been awarded $66,000.
In 2011, 24-year-old Abdulkadir Omar sued Sacramento-based American Patriot Security seeking back pay and unspecified damages for emotional pain, among other reasons.
In late September, a federal judge leveled a default judgment after the security company failed to participate in the court proceedings.
According to the lawsuit, Omar was hired by a local manager of the security company in May 2009. Omar said he not told about the clean-shaven policy. In November 2009, a supervisor told him he had to shave his beard because of company policy.
Omar responded that his beard is part of his religious beliefs and refused. He was suspended, and then fired later.