Sikh Man Reinstated to Job After Turban Controversy

April 23, 2006

Source: SALDEF

On April 23, 2006 the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund reported, "In February 2006, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) successfully mediated and resolved the issue of a Sikh Gentleman who was disallowed from wearing his daastar – or turban -- on the job, at a Domino's Pizza store in Maryland. SALDEF thanks Domino's Pizza, Inc for their work to accommodate the religious requirements of Mr. Jaswant Singh. Mr. Singh, was hired in 2005 as a Domino's Pizza delivery driver; however, he was forced to remove his turban and wear a Domino's-issued baseball cap. According to the owner of Domino's Pizza Store #4673 in Laurel, MD, over concerns that Mr. Singh's hair could fall on the pizza while either making or delivering pizza. Determined to not be humiliated and marginalize his religious traditions, Mr. Singh contacted SALDEF to address this discriminatory practice and seek recourse on his behalf."