Sikh in US wins religious freedom at his Disney job

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Sikh in US wins religious freedom at his Disney job

NEW YORK: A Sikh-American employee at the Walt Disney World in Florida, who was barred from working in view of guests due to his religious appearance, for seven years, has achieved a significant victory, with the company agreeing to end the segregation and accommodate his religious beliefs.
Gurdit Singh had been employed as a mail carrier at the popular amusement park in 2008, but was told by his Disney bosses that he would not be permitted to run mail routes visible to park guests, because his religious appearance “violated“ the company’s `Look Policy,’ according to the rights group Sikh Coalition.
In a letter to Disney, Sikh Coalition and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the “segregation” relegated Singh to a mail route that had a greater workload than other routes. It created “animosity” among his co-workers because he could not assist in operating other routes and it precluded his opportunities for advancement. Following the intervention by Sikh Coalition and ACLU, Walt Disney World finally reversed its decision and granted Singh a religious accommodation, permitting him to run all mail routes. (PTI)