Police Dept. Found Guilty of Discrimination in Sikh Turban Case

May 4, 2004

Source: CNN


On May 4, 2004 CNN reported, "An administrative law judge has found the New York Police Department guilty of religious discrimination by banning a Sikh police officer from wearing a turban while on the job. Jasjit Singh Jaggi, a former traffic enforcement agent with the department, filed the complaint with the city's Commission on Human Rights in June 2002. He said the department discriminated against him because it didn't provide 'a reasonable accommodation of his religious belief.' Judge Donna Merris ruled that the police department violated the New York City Human Rights Law and Title VII of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. She said the department had not proved its claim that allowing Jaggi to wear the turban on duty 'would impose an undue hardship on the department.'"