California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada held a press conference yesterday at the Gurdwara in West Sacramento, California, alongside representatives of the Sikh Coalition, the Council of American-Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley, and the local Sikh community to speak about the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012 (also known as AB1964) – the legislation she introduced to the California State Legislature to bolster the protection of workplace religious freedom in California.
As discussed often on this blog, employment discrimination is still a challenge for many religious and visible minorities (such as Sikhs, who fall under both categories). According to the Sikh Coalition (a US-based Sikh advocacy organization): Sikhs suffer high levels of workplace discrimination because of their Sikh identity. Many are told to shave their beards; others are told to remove their turbans; some are told that they can only work out of public view. If enacted, WRFA would make it […]
Categories: Civil Rights, Politics • Tags: 1964 Civil Rights Act, California, John Kerry, Mariko Yamada, SALDEF, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Sikh Coalition, Title VII, Workplace Religious Freedom Act, WRFA
“In the past 20 years, New York state has become much more pluralistic. We have more diversity in religious practices,” Schneiderman said at an Anti-Defamation League luncheon Wednesday in New York City. “The growth of our Hassidic and other Jewish communities, of the number of observant Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, has been staggering, and frankly, we need to adjust things in the office of the New York State Attorney General to deal with this new, more pluralistic reality.” — […]
Categories: Civil Rights, News Bits • Tags: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CDCR, Eric Schneiderman, John Kerry, New York, New York City, Religious Rights Initiative, Trilochan Singh Oberoi, Workplace Religious Freedom Act
Many people would have received a notice from SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund) asking to support the passing of Senate bill 1670 – End Racial Profiling Act of 2011. Stand up against Racial Profiling! Tell your Senators to vote for the End Racial Profiling Act NOW! http://t.co/wuULZJrk — SALDEF (@SALDEF) October 20, 2011 SALDEF provides information about the bill and provides an easy way to contact your relevant senators to ask them to support the bill. The bill has been introducted […]
Categories: Civil Rights, News Bits, Politics • Tags: Ben Cardin, Dick Durbin, End Racial Profiling Act, John Kerry, Racial profiling, SALDEF, Senate, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Workplace Religious Freedom Act, WRFA
US Senator John Kerry has introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2010 to the US Senate. For Sikhs, this law has important implications: Under current law, employers are required to make ‘reasonable accommodations’ for the religious practices of their employees. Employers can bypass this requirement by showing that such accommodations would impose a minimal difficulty or expense on the employer’s business. WRFA would still allow employers to deny religious accommodations, but only by proving that such accommodations would constitute […]