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Originally posted by djohnsto77
This sounds like religious discrimination to me. The turban is a symbol of the Sikh faith like a yamaka is to a Jew. He should not be forced to put a badge on his turban as it is not necessary for him to do so to be able to perform his job.
For the Sikhs, the turban is not a religious symbol, but a necessity: It neatly covers the uncut hair that is a religious requirement.
Originally posted by shots
These immigrants who may or may not be US citizens
That purpose is to identify the driver when reporting them to the authorities when they do something wrong.
Just why they have a problem with this I do not know.
He should not be forced to put a badge on his turban
How can it be religious discrimination when other Sikh's say the turban is not a religous symbol?
Originally posted by Nygdan
Uhmm, Harrington is not an indian name. The man is a convert, he converted to sikhism 30 years ago, and joined the MTA 5 years ago. Up til recently they allowed him to wear an unadorned turban. And currently they do not require badges on jewish skull caps. The practice is out of sync with their own standards and discriminatory, sinceother religions aren't being required to wear the badge, and the man, well, if he is an immigrant, he immigrated from england, but I suspect he's even native born.