Please Be Involved, Click here and Join UNITED SIKHS
To receive forthcoming bulletins join our UNITED SIKHS Yahoo group
To donate go to www.unitedsikhs.org/donate
This Community Voice may be read online at: http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/COMVCE-10-05-2006-01.htm
10th May 2006
27 Vaisaakh (Samvat 538 Nanakshahi)
Bakersfield, CA –A United States postal worker, who was initially told by his employer that he would not be allowed to wear his Turban, has been allowed to wear it after proof was provided that the Turban is a mandatory Sikh article of faith.
Dhanwant Singh, 39, approached UNITED SIKHS, after his manager, Beverly Hill, prohibited him from wearing Turban at work because it was not part of the dress code for a postal worker. UNITED SIKHS wrote to the Postmaster that wearing the Turban was a mandatory Sikh article of faith, highlighting its importance not only as religious attire, but also its importance to the identity of Sikhs. UNITED SIKHS argued that by refusing Dhanwant Singh’s right to wear his Turban, the Postal Service was violating fundamental, constitutional laws.
UNITED STATES Postman Dhanwant Singh
Under US Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws, as documented under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, religious discrimination by employers is prohibited.
Shortly after receiving the letter, a meeting was held by the Postmaster of Bakersfield, California, Mike Bettes, and a statement was issued allowing Dhanwant Singh to wear his Turban to work. UNITED SIKHS subsequently wrote a letter of thanks (click here) to the postmaster for recognising a Sikh’s right to wear his Turban at all times. A request is also being pursued for the postal service to provide education on Sikhism to fellow employees and UNITED SIKHS has called for the Government to provide diversity training to its federal and state agencies, such as the FBI.
Dhanwant Singh was extremely pleased by the outcome. He said, "UNITED SIKHS’ prompt response has helped me to deal with my predicament.”
Dhanwant Singh began to wear his turban after Hardeep Singh Aulakh, president of the Sikh Children Forum, encouraged him during a turban campaign to wear his turban to work. Dhanwant Singh is very pleased that despite the initial difficulty he will be able to fulfil his desire to wear a turban to work.
This case highlights a challenge which is not only faced by Sikhs facing a Turban ban in France. If you or anyone you know has been discriminated against in the school, university or workplace, please contact UNITED SIKHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-243-1690 for assistance.
To read a previous Press Release on UNITED SIKHS' advocacy for the Right To Turban in France please click http://unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/PRSRLS-10-04-2006-00.htm
International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy Directorate
To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.
UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.
UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic service and social progress on behalf of the common good.
Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.
We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.