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Sikh officer wins compensation and right to wear 'Kara'

In a legal fight, a Sikh security officer at New York's biggest airport won his right to wear religious symbol at work and a $30,000 settlement in a case against the department of homeland security.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2012 17:18 IST
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In a legal fight, a Sikh security officer at New York's biggest airport won his right to wear religious symbol at work and a $30,000 settlement in a case against the department of homeland security.

Kulwinder Singh was asked to remove the 'Kara' (metal bangle) or conceal it under a long sleeve shirt, while at work. Singh called it a violation of his religious rights, and took his case to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Commission stated that the transportation security administration was wrong to ask Kulwinder Singh for doing so, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Kulwinder Singh said that he had been working as a TSA agent at John F Kennedy International Airport for more than five years. He further added that the Kara was a very important Sikh symbol and a constant reminder for a Sikh to do good.