Here We Go… Muslim Soldier Plans to Sue Army Over Hijab After She Is Caught Breaking the Rules

Spc. Cesilia Valdovinos was demoted this week after she was caught breaking Army regulation.

Female members of the Army are required to put their hair in a bun for safety reasons. Cesilia was caught wearing her hair down under her hijab so she was demoted.

Now Valdovinos plans to sue the Army over a violation of her civil rights. She says she is a victim of religious discrimination.


Voldovinos (Military Religious Freedom Foundation)

 

The Army Times reported:

Following a rejected equal opportunity complaint and a demotion in rank, a Muslim soldier who has accused her Fort Carson, Colorado, leadership of religious discrimination is contemplating a federal lawsuit, her attorney confirmed to Army Times on Wednesday.

Spc. Cesilia Valdovinos, who was demoted this week following an unrelated Article 15 investigation, will file a complaint alleging violation of her civil rights either in northern Virginia or Denver, according to Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

“This is a pattern and practice of anti-Muslim bigotry, prejudice and harassment,” he said.

The 26-year-old culinary specialist’s story first went viral in mid-March, after she filed an EO complaint with her command based on an incident with her command sergeant major at the 704th Transportation Battalion.

The senior noncommissioned officer, believing that Valdovinos was wearing her hair down underneath her hijab ― rather than in a bun, per regulation ― demanded the soldier remove the head covering,

Her hair fell to her shoulders, Valdovinos told Army Times, because she uses the extra fabric in the cap to secure her bun. When she removes it, the bun falls out.

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