Cancer patient sues over license photo, cites distress
EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A cancer patient is suing the New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission for compelling her to remove her headscarf to take a driver’s license photo.
Forty-year-old Jennifer Giordano said she was still uncomfortable without wearing a wrap to cover her balding head caused by chemotherapy.
The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/2uGbUnw ) the lawsuit alleged an employee at the Eatontown office said she had to remove her headscarf for a new license photo and refused an old photograph Giordano brought with her.
Giordano said it felt like being told to take her shirt off. “It’s like exposing yourself in a very raw way that’s not necessary,” she said.
State law dictates that motorists whose physical appearances may change during medical treatment can renew their license using an old photo. The extension of the old photo requires documentation from a doctor and can’t exceed a year from the license’s expiration date.
Giordano says another employee intervened and produced a new license with the old photo.
She is suing for emotional distress, and says she wants to see the agency review its policies and train employees on how to treat patrons with medical or religious exemptions.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission declined to comment, citing pending litigation.