Bias & Discrimination

The Sikh Coalition believes that all people deserve equal opportunities to achieve social and economic success. Unfortunately, Sikh Americans remain vulnerable to bias and discrimination.

Did You Know?

  • As a general rule, Sikhs still do not enjoy the right to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces with their articles of faith intact.
  • Almost 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that "separate but equal is inherently unequal," American courts still allow employers to segregate Sikhs from customers.
  • The Sikh Coalition continues to advocate for Sikhs who experience violent hate crimes.

Campaigns

Sikhs in the U.S. Army

The Sikh Coalition believes that it is time to integrate the U.S. Armed Forces and allow all people to serve their country without discrimination on the basis of religion.
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Federal Legislation: Workplace Religious Freedom Act

The Sikh Coalition is a strong supporter of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA). If enacted, this landmark legislation will eliminate most forms of discrimination against employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion.
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Day After Project

Government officials are ill-prepared to protect communities from backlash violence and discrimination in the aftermath of another terrorist attack on the United States. The Day After Project is designed to prepare policy-makers to protect civil rights and liberties in the event of a future attack.
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Religious Freedom for New York City Workers

In September 2011, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the Workplace Religious Freedom Act into city law. The Sikh Coalition was the force behind the passage of this law, which protects millions of New Yorkers from workplace discrimination, regardless of their religion.
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Oregon Ends Sikh Teacher Ban

In April 2010, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed legislation that ended the state’s 87-year-old ban on religious dress for public school teachers. The Sikh Coalition made significant contributions to this campaign.
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