DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A male registered nurse and Vietnam war Army medic has sued the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, saying he was fired for disobeying a Muslim supervisor's order not to treat women wearing conservative Islamic dress.
John Benitez Jr. filed a sex discrimination suit Wednesday in Detroit U.S. District Court.
The Associated Press left phone and email messages Thursday seeking comment from Dearborn officials. The Detroit News says a Dearborn spokeswoman declined comment.
In his complaint, Benitez says he joined Dearborn's Health Department in September 2010.
He says a Muslim supervisor told him to refer patients wearing hijab to her. Benitez says he complied until a doctor told him to disregard the order.
Benitez says he was fired Dec. 1, 2010, told "conservative male Muslim clientele" didn't want a man treating women.