Sikh Woman Sues IRS On Wearing Kirpan

January 9, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

An Indian-American Sikh woman has sued the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for allegedly violating her religious freedom by prohibiting her from wearing 'Kirpan', a small ceremonial knife, to her job as a revenue agent.

Kawaljeet Kaur Tagore, who worked as a revenue agent at the Mickey Leland Federal Building in downtown Houston, sued her employer IRS in Houston federal court on Tuesday with the aid of Sikh coalition and the DC-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Houston civil rights attorney Scott Newar.

Tagore, 35, has filed the discrimination case after she was told in July 2006 that she cannot wear her Kirpan.