Tonight at 9 PM, a Sikh will be discriminated against

Tonight, on ABC at 9 PM, the TV show “What Would You Do? ” addresses the following scenario:

A young woman applies for a job as a waitress at a diner and is told the position is hers, on one condition: She can’t wear her Muslim headscarf while she works. “It’s not part of what we do,” says the manager. “It makes a statement that we don’t want to make here.”

Is this simply a businessman enforcing his employee dress code, or a case of religious discrimination? That’s the question “What Would You Do?” poses by hiring actors wearing religious garb and staging a job interview with an inflexible boss – also an actor – in full view of other customers. Will anyone defend our eager jobseekers, or will onlookers take the side of management?

This scenario is repeated with a Jewish man wearing a Yarmulke, and a Sikh man wearing a turban.  Workplace and employment discrimination is often experienced by Sikhs due to their articles of faith, and so this episode is of particular interest.

An analysis of how other people react and respond to the situation usually accompanies the scenario, which would hopefully give some insight to Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike.


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