US Sikh files racial discrimination case against company

November 8th, 2008 - 11:55 am ICT by IANS  

Jersey City (New Jersey), Nov 8 (IANS) A Sikh youth in the US who was allegedly asked to shave off his facial hair to get a job has filed a discrimination charge against the company.The case against Tri-County Lexus - based in Little Falls, New Jersey - was filed last week, said Sikh Coalition, a NGO that filed the case on behalf of Gurpreet Singh.

Sikh Coalition said Singh had applied for an automotive sales position with Tri-County Lexus in February.

“After completing two days of preliminary training, a recruiter for Lexus told Gurpreet Singh that he would not be hired because Lexus has a corporate policy prohibiting facial hair for salespersons,” the statement alleged.

Officials of Tri-County Lexus, however, were not immediately available for comment.

Sikh Coalition, whose attorneys have been in touch with Tri-County Lexus, said the company denies having any such corporate discriminatory policy.

“But it has not produced documents stating so,” it said.

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