Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Denied Job Because of Sikh Identity, Beard and Turban, North Carolina Man Sues Convienence Store Chain

Public Justice

A North Carolina man who practices the Sikh faith was denied a job because of his religion and race – a violation of federal and state civil rights laws – according to a federal lawsuit filed Sept. 21 by Public Justice and its co-counsel, Winslow Wetsch, PLLC, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. The complaint alleges that Durham-based M.M. Fowler, Inc., which owns and operates the Family Fare Convenience Store chain, denied employment to Surjit Singh Saund because he is a Sikh and wears a turban and beard, as required by the Sikh religion.

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