Police officer issued $185,000 in damages, allowed to wear hijab

Police officer issued $185,000 in damages, allowed to wear hijab

The Special Reserve Police (SRP) officer who won her right to wear her hijab while in uniform last November, was awarded $185,000 in damages.

A Judge awarded Sharon Roop the compensation at the Hall of Justice yesterday. She was given $125,000 for aggravated damages and $60,000 for vindicatory damages. Last year, the Judge found that Roop’s inability to wear her uniform while on the job was a breach of her constitutional right.

A few years ago, Roop wrote to then commissioner Stephen Williams to seek permission to wear her hijab with her uniform. But she received no response. Two years later, she hired a group of attorneys, led by Senior Counsel Anand Ramlogan, to fight her case.

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