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Muslim Women Settle Dress Dispute

April 28, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Seven Muslim women who say they were fired for refusing to remove religious head scarves while working security jobs at Dulles International Airport learned Wednesday they could return to work.

The concession was part of a settlement reached with Argenbright Security Inc. in an effort to avoid an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint.

``This settlement will finally educate those employers who still want to discriminate that they can’t do that,″ said attorney Martin McMahon, who represented the women involved in the dispute.

``My manager said, ’If you are not going to take the scarf off go home,‴ said Rueain Mohamed.

``They were never terminated,″ said David Gamsey, Argenbright’s chief financial officer, noting that the company made repeated requests for the women to return to work. ``We’re very pleased that this misunderstanding has been resolved,″ he said.

Under the terms of the agreement, the women will receive $750 back pay and $2,500 in additional compensation. They also will receive written apologies from the Atlanta-based company, which will provide religious sensitivity training at all of its domestic locations.

Argenbright provides conveyer security services at most of the nation’s busiest commercial airports.

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