CareNow says headscarf ban was misunderstanding

DALLAS (AP) - Texas clinic officials say they regret telling a Muslim doctor applying for a job that she couldn't wear her traditional headscarf.

Coppell-based CareNow released a statement that called the ban a
misunderstanding. It says it plans to clarify its policy and continue training current workers to prevent confusion in the future.

Dr. Hena Zaki of Plano says she was shocked when CareNow officials told her this month in person and later by e-mail that a no-hat policy extended to her hijab.

Zaki had been on a tour two weeks ago of a CareNow clinic in the
northern Dallas suburb of Allen. She said the regional medical director told her he didn't want her to be surprised about the policy during orientation.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to CareNow, explaining federal law requires employers to reasonably
accommodate religious practices of an employee.

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