Although federal and state laws prohibit religious discrimination in the workplace, employers sometimes do not follow the law. As a result, Sikh Americans remain vulnerable to employment discrimination. Some organizations refuse to accommodate turbans and beards in deference to “corporate image” policies based on stereotypes about what Americans should look like. Others refuse to accommodate Sikh articles of faith because of false claims about “health and safety” that fail to account for new technology. Employers who engage in discrimination often prey on individuals without the financial resources to file a lawsuit.
The Sikh Coalition is a leader in the fight against employment discrimination and encourages Sikh Americans everywhere to stand up for their workplace rights. In the United States, hiring decisions should be made solely on merit, not on the basis of irrelevant criteria such as religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Sikh Americans are flourishing in diverse careers throughout the nation, and employers who continue to discriminate against Sikhs will be sued and defeated in court.
"The Sikh Coalition’s work to help Sikhs facing employment discrimination helps protect all of our rights."
Jagtar Anandpuri (JB Hunt client)
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Over the years, the Sikh Coalition has successfully sued multiple organizations that engaged in religious discrimination against Sikh Americans, including government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Apart from saving the livelihoods of our clients, our lawsuits deter employers from breaking the law in the future and create a level playing field where all Americans, regardless of their religion, have an equal opportunity to pursue any career they choose.