Update: Sikh Subway Driver Reassigned After Refusing to Remove Turban

June 7, 2004

Source: New York Newsday


On June 7, 2004 New York Newsday reported, " A Sikh subway operator recently reassigned after refusing to remove his turban began work yesterday at a train yard. 'It seems like I'm second class,' said Kevin Harrington, a former No. 4 train driver who was told by a supervisor earlier this month that wearing a turban violates NYC Transit policy on uniforms.

'It's as though I'm the house leper,' Harrington said.

Harrington, 53, of the Bronx, became a Sikh more than 25 years ago after a Roman Catholic childhood. The religion requires adherents to wear a turban and refrain from shaving or cutting one's hair."