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Disney faces lawsuit over religious rights

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jun 14, 2008 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
A class action suit has been filed against Disney following its requiring a job applicant to remove his turban as a condition of employment.

The Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund has initiated the legal action on behalf of Sukhbir Singh Channa. According to reports made by both Channa and witnesses, he was told that he could not become a Disney employee unless he removed his turban which is worn in compliance of his religious beliefs. It was also stated that he did not have "the Disney look."

Manjit Singh, chairman of the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund commented "Disney makes millions of dollars each year on cartoon characters that wear turbans but cannot respect the right of an American to wear a turban for religious reasons."

A press conference is taking place on June 16 regarding the lawsuit.





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