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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Friday against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on claims it discriminated against a former detention officer of Muslim faith.
ACLU officials filed the suit in U.S District Court on behalf of Sinan Fazlovic, 34. Fazlovic claims Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office forced him to shave his facial hair in order to keep his job, despite repeated pleas for religious accommodation.
"Fazlovic became an MSCO detention officer in May 2005 , only after he was assured that he could keep his beard," said Dan Pochod