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Walt Disney World dilemma spotlights religious discrimination issues

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Sukhbir Channa, a practicing Sikh, has sued Walt Disney World after the theme park fired him for allegedly not having the “Disney look.” Channa wears a turban, beard and long hair—practices required by his religious beliefs.

This is a case in which a company’s dress code collides with workplace diversity, and it may be a sign of more conflict to come. The EEOC thinks enough of the problem that it recently published a guidance document on how employers should accommodate their employees’ religious beliefs.

The turbaned musician

Disney hired Channa in October 2005 as a musician. Disney musicians play both “parade” and “atmospheric” performances. Initially, Disney managers accommodated Channa’s dress and grooming needs by allowing him to wear a toy soldier’s hat over his turban during parade performances and a red turban (while others wore red berets) during atmospheric shows.

But the turban didn’t sit well in the Ma...(register to read more)

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