Right To Not Wear Pants

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I’ve seen so many discrimination cases against Sikhs lately, that this one caught me by surprise. I wonder what precedent it might set for discrimination cases with Sikhs.

Justice, Metro Settle Religious Discrimination Suit
Associated Press Tuesday, February 3, 2009; 3:27 AM

The Justice Department has settled a lawsuit accusing Washington’s transit agency of religious discrimination. The complaint filed in federal court accused Metro of discriminating against a woman of the Apostolic Pentecostal faith because she was unable to comply with Metro’s uniform policy.

Gloria Jones said she wasn’t hired as a bus driver because her religious beliefs prohibit her from wearing pants, which are part of the uniform.

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that Metro has agreed to pay more than $47,000 to Jones and $2,500 each to two others who say Metro didn’t accommodate their beliefs.
Metro also must implement a policy to reasonably accommodate employees’ religious practices and train its supervisors on religious discrimination.

The agreement still must be approved by the court.

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