Restaurant Pays Sikh Man For Religious Discrimination

February 25, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On February 25, 1999, The New York Times reported that El Quijote, a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan, paid a settlement of $10,000 to Jaswinder Pal Singh for discriminating against his religious expression. El Quijote, which has a policy of not allowing men to wear headgear in the restaurant, refused to service Singh in 1996 because he was wearing a turban. Singh, who is a computer science professor at Princeton University, filed a federal lawsuit in 1997 against El Quijote. In the settlement, the restaurant is going to change their sign to read, "Men must not wear hats, except for religious reasons." Singh plans to donate the money to charity.