Raja Naeem takes legal action regarding religious attire

10:04 PM, Mar 2, 2012   |    comments
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By Jeff Small

St. Louis (KSDK) - Another local cab driver is taking legal action after he says a taxi commission is violating his religious rights. He is the second Muslim driver to claim they're not allowed to wear religious attire as part of a required uniform.

The driver making the latest claim can usually be found at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. He owns and drives his cab to the airport, where he's been ticketed several times over what he was wearing.

Raja Naeem says he and other Muslim drivers should be allowed to wear traditional Islamic attire without being in violation of existing codes by the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxi Commission.

The rules state that drivers must wear a uniform that includes black slacks and a white shirt.

The director says there is a way for drivers to get a waiver based on religious purposes, but he says drivers first must submit a formal application with the commission.

In this case, the director says Naeem has never filed an application.

Naeem says it's simply discrimination.

"They want to enforce codes that are against the constitution and most of the codes they have..about 90 percent are against the constitution," said Naeem.

He has filed a report with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Missouri Commission on human rights. His case is pending.



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