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California governor signs law protecting Sikhs, Muslims, from workplace bias

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California governor signs law protecting Sikhs, Muslims, from workplace bias

California employers face new restrictions against shunting Sikh and Muslim workers to backroom jobs out of public view based on their wearing of turbans, beards and hijabs, under a law signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“This bill, AB 1964, makes it very clear that wearing any type of religious clothing or hairstyle, particularly such as Sikhs do, that that is protected by law and nobody can discriminate against you because of that,” Brown told some 400 Sikhs and supporters at a rally of the North American Punjabi Assn. on the steps of the Capitol.

Brown also signed SB 1540, which requires the state Board of Education to consider a new history framework for schools that the governor said will include “the role and contributions of the Sikh community in California.”

A series of court cases have muddied the water on what employers must do to accommodate the religious practices of workers, and the new state law clarifies the requirements, said Rajdeep Singh, director of law and policy for the Sikh Coalition. The new law does not guarantee a positive outcome for workers but requires employers to meet a higher standard of objectively showing how religious accommodation would be a significant hardship, Singh said.

“It’s needed because Sikhs and other religious minorities continue to experience job discrimination on account of their religion,” Singh said.

The new law restricts employers from segregating an employee from customers and the public as a means of accommodating the employee’s religious beliefs. It clarifies that employers must accommodate a worker’s religious practices unless it creates “significant difficulty or expense” for the employer. It also specifies that religious dress and grooming qualify as protected religious observances, according to Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), who wrote the bill.

“This to me is like the Rosa Parks issue of the 21st century,” Yamada added. “An employee should not have to work in the back of the store in order to observe his or her faith.”

Los Angeles Times, 8 September 2012

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  1. This is clear evident that white and black ppl are discriminating against shikh and muslims. Its a sad day that we have hear this and fight for our rights. I am a muslim and bengli american my self and hear spanish, black and white ppl calling me terrorist, indian, indio and lots of racial slurs. This country is full of bad people, mexican are the worst they are short and ugly themselves and prejudice against other ppl from other country.

  2. isn’t that already in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?

  3. Well I guess this is progress?

  4. Good. Otherwise we’d have to band hairbands, baseball caps, ugly t-shirts and men who can’t keep their pants up due to indecency…oh, Americans can’t get their heads around the big words….

  5. Good. Otherwise we’d have to band hairbands, baseball caps, ugly t-shirts and men who can’t keep their pants up due to indecency…oh, Americans can’t get their heads around the big words….

  6. Good. Otherwise we’d have to band hairbands, baseball caps, ugly t-shirts and men who can’t keep their pants up due to indecency…oh, Americans can’t get their heads around the big words….

  7. geeeezzz!

  8. Dana, Gov. Brown is signing a state law which will re-enforce federal law.

  9. One step forward for equality. Good for Cali.

  10. Yaay for Cali!

  11. Good!

  12. It’s about damn time our government has taken steps to be more tolerant of other religious beliefs.

  13. Asad, you are making the same hateful, racist comments that upset you when you are the recipient of them. Calling Mexicans short and ugly is not going to foster better relations with any one. That said, how sad that there should even be a need for this law.

  14. This is a VICTORY for Pentecostal women seeking work. The way they must dress should no longer stand in the way of their seeking employment in any number of venues.

  15. Discrimination based on religious practice is already against the law….What’s the big deal?

  16. It’s because some people claim Islam is a political ideology, therefore not protected by the discrimination laws. And people think Sikhs are Muslims… so… yeah… :/

  17. how many times is this guy going to be one of the worst governors in the history of california?

    freedom is a two edged sword. employers must have the freedom to hire who they choose.

    Asad Khan,

    “I am a muslim and bengli american my self and hear spanish, black and white ppl calling me terrorist, indian, indio and lots of racial slurs” so you are crying about racial slurs, then you say…

    “mexican are the worst they are short and ugly themselves” that’s hilarious.

  18. I couldnt imagine as a working single mother who is a Muslim and wears hijab, for someone to try to make me work out of the view of the public,psssh! I’m not embarrassed of my faith and would quit and sue a company who would discriminate in a heart beat!

  19. Mike.

    You look like a pro racist person. Thats not nice to mock someones comment. Its a sad day for you that the people you tortured and mocked is standing for themselves. No more white supremacy. People like you looted, raped, tortured indian men and women in India. You have taken their human rights and took advantage of their niceness.

    “how many times is this guy going to be one of the worst governors in the history of california?” He is a the best governor, you are mad bc you cant slave them and take their women for sex anymore.

    freedom is a two edged sword. employers must have the freedom to hire who they choose. You going to hire all the white people for higher paying job and indian and muslim ppl going to suffer and work in the back and pick your trash. Thats hilarious that you are racist and talk about freedom, these human beings are fighting for freedom. You have to hire them if they qualify based on their merit, but you are not higher them bc they are indian and muslim and wears turbins, have long bear and wears hijab. Shame on you.

  20. AK,

    “You look like a pro racist person.” why because i’m white?
    “Thats not nice to mock someones comment.” true. but it was a comment worth mocking. ” mexican are the worst they are short and ugly themselves”. lol
    “Its a sad day for you that the people you tortured and mocked is standing for themselves.” no it’s a sad day for california and to some extent america, for another freedom has fallen victim to political correctness.
    “No more white supremacy.” i’m with you on that one. but you can’t regulate people’s moralities. if they want to be racist, freedom must allow for them to be racist.
    “People like you looted, raped, tortured indian men and women in India. You have taken their human rights and took advantage of their niceness.” i’ve never even been to india. oh wait people “like” me. like me how? for someone who claims to be anti-racism you seem to identify people by their race. so i’m responsible for the british actions on the subcontinent?

    “how many times is this guy going to be one of the worst governors in the history of california?” He is a the best governor, you are mad bc you cant slave them and take their women for sex anymore.” what are you talking about? do you take me 4 a muslim. i’ve never had a concubine.

    i said: freedom is a two edged sword. employers must have the freedom to hire who they choose.
    you say “You going to hire all the white people for higher paying job and indian and muslim ppl going to suffer and work in the back and pick your trash.” first there is no shame in being a garbage man.
    “Thats hilarious that you are racist and talk about freedom,” second, i’m not racist, not that that matters. the point is that true freedom allows for people to be racist. if an employer says, we are creating an image for our product, like disney or ambercrombie and finch. they should be able to say that your dress doesn’t fit our image. if you religion doesn’t allow you to meet our dress code, then you can’t work here.
    “these human beings are fighting for freedom.” no, they are fighting for the government to forcibly limit employers freedom. that is quite the opposite.
    “You have to hire them if they qualify based on their merit,” have to? so how is that freedom? do you know the definition of the word freedom? being forced to do something is the exact opposite, right?
    “but you are not higher them bc they are indian and muslim and wears turbins, have long bear and wears hijab. Shame on you.” well i may or maynot hire them. depends on the job. if i’m looking for a shampoo spokeswoman, i probably wouldn’t hire a woman wearing a headscarf. if i need a waiter to serve soup, i probably wouldn’t hire a guy with a long beard.

    so to you freedom is the government forcing people to hire people? interesting. i guess your idea of freedom of speech is to have laws that say you can’t say anything bad about sacred figures?

  21. Mike you are a racist white. You racist white messed with black Africans, Muslim Arabs; killed millions in Afghanistan and Iraq, Chinese in Japan and Vietnam, and Indian still messing with the indian. How much we have to suffer bc of white racist belligerents like you.

  22. a khan,

    “Mike you are a racist white.” ok. well you have said it twice now. so it must be true.
    “You racist white messed with black Africans, Muslim Arabs; killed millions in Afghanistan and Iraq, Chinese in Japan and Vietnam, and Indian still messing with the indian. How much we have to suffer bc of white racist belligerents like you.” you forgot to mention the crusades. how about south america. you didn’t want to mention cortez? how much do you have to suffer, i don’t know. perhaps your god will punish us by your hand. may you be a great suicide bomber. kill whitey.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGv8PQr8Uo4

  23. asad khan,

    so freedom to you is the government forcing employers to hire people they don’t want to?

    so the best argueement you have is to call me a white racist??????? ur funny.

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