Sikh Advocacy Group Settles with Fleet Bank

February 1, 2003

Source: The Star-Ledger

On February 1, 2003 The Star-Ledger reported that "in a decision hailed by the nation's Sikh community, Fleet Bank yesterday settled a discrimination suit filed by a New Jersey businessman, at the same time agreeing to explicitly recognize the religious group's rights... Sikh leaders, who previously had threatened a boycott of the bank over the New Jersey case, called Fleet's written pledge on the Sikh community the first of its kind in the nation... 'It is the first time any U.S. corporation has publicly stated it will accommodate Sikhs as full and equal employees and customers,' said Manjit Singh, executive director of the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force, a Washington-based advocacy group."