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California is settling a lawsuit filed by a man who was barred from becoming a prison guard when he refused to shave the beard required by his Sikh religion.
Civil rights groups accused the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of religious discrimination.
Originally posted by TopherWayne
That's odd because my friend Ramy works as a Corrections Officer in Chino and he is Muslim and is permitted to grow a beard because of his religion.
Originally posted by James1982
This kind of crap is ridiculous, and really pisses me off. You don't have a right to dictate policy to your employer just because of your religion. Your religion is your choice, and if you want to follow one that makes you have a beard, then you don't seek work at places that don't allow beards, it's just that simple. Your rights are not being violated, you can practice you religion, you do not have a right to work absolutely anywhere you want.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
reply to post by Jebbaroo
Not to mention that prisoners will now have something to grab onto. Some of these rules are there for a reason. Now when a prison grabs his beard and cracks his head to the side or lowers him to the ground, he will sue for being injured on the job.
Originally posted by Jebbaroo
reply to post by Make Speed Limit 45
You know, I'm normally pretty left-ish, but these kinds of stories drive me crazy. If the job requires a shaved face, and your religion requires a beard, and, if your religion is more important to you than the job, then don't apply for the job. Leave it for someone else. It's not discrimination, it's a safety issue. Seriously! It's so that your gas mask will work properly.
Jobs I won't apply for, because of my personal ethics: anything in a strip club, insurance company or stock trading company. I have no religion, and therefore can only object to those companies on an ethical basis. Not for me, and that's all. It would never occur to me to blame the company because working there wouldn't fit my lifestyle. I can't believe he won that award.