Sikhs Who Own Subway Shops In Lehigh Valley Airport Settle Suit

November 13, 2009

Author: A. Kaur

Source: Global Sikh News

The Sikh owners of two Subway restaurants at Lehigh Valley International Airport who claimed they were being evicted because worried passengers confused them with Muslims have settled their federal lawsuit against the airport authority. Suhirdbir Bhasin, Raminder Bhasin and Ishmeet Bhasin will keep the lease on one restaurant and receive ”generous financial incentives” to give up the lease on the other restaurant, said their attorney, George Kanupis of Bethlehem.

The lease for the restaurant they’ll keep will be extended to 2013, Kanupis said.

”I was pleased at the spirit of cooperation by the airport authority,” Kanupis said.

The Bhasins — two brothers and a son — filed the lawsuit in August. They claimed that since taking over the restaurants in 2007, they had been subjected to ”racial, ethnic and religious discrimination” from LVIA management.