ORLANDO, July 10, 2015:
A Sikh postman at Disney World has won his fight over claims he’d been made to work away from customers so they wouldn’t see his beard and turban, reported BBC News.
Lawyers for Gurdit Singh said he’d been segregated from staff and customers at the Florida theme park because he violated their “look policy”.
Disney now says Gurdit can deliver post on all routes, in full view of customers. The company says it doesn’t discriminate based on religion.
Gurdit, who has worked at the theme park since 2008 but always out of sight of visitors, said he was “incredibly thankful” Disney had decided to change course, reported BBC News.
“My hope is that this policy change opens up the door for more Sikhs and other religious minorities to practise their faith freely here at Disney.”
In May, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and The Sikh Coalition, an advocacy group for the religion, wrote to Disney expressing their concerns over Gurdit’s treatment.
They said he had been assigned to only one delivery route which kept him away from customers, while other staff were rotated through different assignments where they were visible to guests.
They argued this was “specifically, because of his racial/ethnic and religious appearance”, and was a violation of his civil rights.
Disney restored him to all the routes and said it is an “employer of choice that is committed to diversity and prohibits discrimination based upon religion”.
Read the full story at:http://www.bbc.com/news/33437339