Turban Ban Lifted For Sikhs In Britain, Can Now Work At Majority Of Workplaces With Turban
Sikhs in Britain will now have the right to wear a turban at majority of workplaces and be exempted from legal action for failing to to wear safety helmets in less hazardous industries, the British government announced on Thursday.
Sikhs working in construction industries have been exempted from rules requiring head protection since 1989, but it was applicable for less dangerous industries, such as in factories and warehouses,
“This change demonstrates that, whoever you are, whatever your background, and whatever industry you choose – if you work hard and want to get on in life, this government will be on your side,” Minister for Employment and Indian Diaspora Champion, Priti Patel, said.
It will make a real difference to Sikhs in the UK by increasing the number of workplaces that turban wearing Sikhs can work in whilst maintaining their religiously mandated identity.
Earlier law had an anomaly that Sikh workers can work with turban in construction sites but cannot work with turban in less hazardous environments.
But the exclusion remains for emergency response services and the military — for example the fire services or bomb disposal. This will not bar Sikhs from the Armed Forces or Police and Fire services and this clause will make no blanket ban on participation by turban-wearing Sikhs.
Source – huffingtonpost
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