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Woman claims religious discrimination resulted in refusal of treatment

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A New Jersey woman claims a hospital denied her treatment because it couldn’t — or wouldn’t — accommodate her religious beliefs as part of her treatment.

Rona Mohammed went to the emergency department at Somerset Medical Center, complaining of chest pain. When told that she would need an EKG, Mohammed requested a female practitioner for the test. Mohammed, a practicing Muslim, is required to keep her body covered in front of men she is not related to.

According to a lawsuit she later filed, Mohammed was left waiting for hours without being seen, until her husband finally drove her to another hospital. She’s suing for religious discrimination and violation of the Patient Bill of Rights.

A lawyer for Somerset Medical Center denies Mohammed was discriminated against. The hospital claims Mohammed was informed of her treatment options and left the hospital against medical advice.

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