ACLU Sues Omaha After Woman Told to Remove Muslim Garb

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Muslim woman says she was told last year that she must remove her religious garb to accompany her children inside the gate of an Omaha swimming pool.

Now, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the city of Omaha on the woman’s behalf.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.

It alleges that Lubna Hussein took her three children to the Deer Ridge pool last year, but was turned away at the gate after telling city employees that she could not wear a bathing suit.

Hussein is required by her religion to keep all but her face and hands covered while in public.

Omaha City Attorney Paul Kratz said he had not seen the lawsuit and declined immediate comment.

But he said the city has a policy to not allow people in street clothes inside the pool areas.

Kratz did note that the city recently instituted a process where a person can file for a waiver of the policy.

He says he is not sure if Hussein was aware of the waiver.


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