Sikhs Now Allowed to Serve As Federal Security Officers With Articles Of Faith Intact

October 20, 2009

Source: The Sikh Coalition

The federal government has issued a policy allowing all Sikhs to serve as federal security officers while maintaining their turbans and beards.  The decision was the result of a discrimination case filed by a Sikh security officer who was told that he could not maintain his turban and beard on the job. 

The lawsuit settlement and change in policy are a major civil rights victory for the Sikh community. It marks the first time that a federal law enforcement agency has changed policy to accommodate the Sikh articles of faith.   

The lawsuit that led to the settlement was brought jointly by the Sikh Coalition, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the law firm of Keker & Van Nest LLP.