NEWARK, N.J. - 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 says the unidentified Employment Services worker mocked a woman’s faith at the city’s One-Stop Career Center Dec. 5 before snatching her hijab.
Newark police arrested the employee and banned him from the business.
NJ.com reports the employee is a 67-year-old Brooklyn resident, and he’s facing harassment charges in connection with the incident.
Baraka says that’s not enough. The mayor believes Essex County prosecutors should have charged the man with a hate crime. He’s asked U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman to investigate the incident.
A Department of Labor spokesman says the employee has been suspended without pay and the state agency is pursuing his termination in accordance with department policy.