Turban Renewal for Sikh Officer
AP, N. Y. Post, Apr. 30
April 30, 2004 — A judge has recommended that the City Commission on Human Rights reinstate a Sikh who was forced to resign from his NYPD job because he insisted on wearing a beard and turban.
Traffic agent Jasjit Singh Jaggi, 36, “was discriminated against based on his religious beliefs,” Administrative Law Judge Donna Merris wrote in a preliminary ruling.
Jaggi filed a complaint with the commission last year claiming the beard and turban are considered articles of faith in the Sikh religion. He called the decision a “great victory for Sikhs.”
Police still hope to convince the commission that every traffic officer should wear the standard white eight-point hat.