PC Gurmeal Singh is suing Greater Manchester Police for Â£200,000 on the basis of racial discrimination, since he alleges he was subjected to abuse from other officers, and was pressured to remove his turban for certain exercises. From the Daily Mail’s report (which is far better than the one in the Telegraph’s), it seems that there was a number of flashpoints (though the reporting is quite confused).
For me, allowing people to wear religious clothing at work is fine, and I think that it should be up to employers how to proceed. The flipside of this though is that people wearing religious clothing should not be able to claim any special treatment as a result of wearing said clothing. If there are health and safety issues, they should be made to sign waivers excusing their employers from any liability, or else remove their clothing (PC Singh did the former when asked to ride a bike).
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