Sikh Advocacy Group Settles with Fleet Bank

January 30, 2003

Source: SMART

On January 30, 2003 SMART reported that "a leading national Sikh advocacy group and the nation’s seventh largest retail financial institution, reached a broad-reaching agreement to ensure nondiscrimination against Sikh American customers and employees and calls for the institution to closely monitor discriminatory practices and improve services to the Sikh community. Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force and FleetBoston Financial Corp. signed the joint agreement as part of a discrimination lawsuit settlement filed by a Sikh American customer. SMART, Inderjeet Singh Chowdhary, and Fleet Bank have been in negotiations since May last year, when Chowdhary, a Carteret, N.J., businessman filed a lawsuit against Fleet after being denied a CD account. Fleet Bank’s settlement of Chowdhary’s discrimination claim coincided with an agreement with SMART."