NJ State Employee Pulls Off Muslim Woman’s Hijab

NEWARK (AP) -

The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city is calling for state officials to fire a Department of Labor employee accused of pulling a Muslim woman’s hijab off her head and throwing it on the ground.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the unidentified Employment Services worker mocked Islam to the woman at the city’s One-Stop Career Center on Dec. 5 before snatching her hijab.

Newark police arrested the employee and banned him from the business. He was identified as a 67-year-old man from Brooklyn. His name wasn’t released due to retaliation concerns. He faces harassment charges and has been suspended without pay.

Prosecutors said they concluded it wasn’t criminal under state law.