A New Jersey Lexus dealership stuck to its strict dress code policy and refused to hire a man whose Sikh faith required him to wear a beard, uncut hair and a turban. The man applied for an available position as a sales associate, for which he was qualified, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed a religious discrimination lawsuit on his behalf. The dealership will pay $50,000 to settle the suit.
Remember: Unless it would be an undue hardship on the employer’s business, an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices.
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