OCR Resolves Complaint After Hospital Accommodates Medical Student’s Religious Needs During COVID-19

Published: 07/24/2020

  • Department of Health and Human Services
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the resolution of a complaint against Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) in New York City after SIUH accommodated the needs for a medical student to keep a beard according to his faith while using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June 2020, OCR’s Conscience and Religious Freedom Division (CRFD) received a complaint from representatives of a ci

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