According to Reuters, "Five Sikhs began a joint legal action against the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority on Friday for violating their religious rights by making them wear the MTA logo on their turbans while at work."
"'It would be like telling Christians to put an MTA logo on their cross. It is a religious article,' said Intergie Singh, a 12-year MTA veteran who was one of the men in the suit."
"The Sikh workers, all of whom had worked for the MTA for between 9 and 14 years, said the turbans had not been an issue before the Sept 11, 2001 attacks by Muslim extremists which destroyed the World Trade center in New York."
One of the men, Kevin Harrington, was apparently told that he had to place the logo on his turban, even though "another train conductor standing right next to him is wearing a yarmulke" was not. Another man, Brijinder Singh Gill was told by his supervisor, "Mr. Gill, if you can't affix the logo on your turban I will fix it on there for you," to which Gill said, "No."
Harrington has been "lauded for his heroism on Sept. 11, 2001.... Harrington put his No. 4 train in reverse, backed into the Wall Street station and ushered his passengers to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge after two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center."
"The five men signed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission citing the MTA at a news conference while chanting a traditional Sikh greeting, 'God is true, God is eternal.'"
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