A Doctor's Sikh Faith is Punished by CDC
A physician of the Sikh faith was denied the opportunity to work in the Public Health Commissioned Corporation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) unless he shaved his beard and removed his turban. Because he refused to do this on the basis of his religion, he was forced towork for the CDC as a civil employee with significantly fewer benefits and job growth opportunities.
The ACLU of Georgia sent a demand letter. Tied to our efforts, the CDC adopted a new policy to address religious accommodation that recognizes that “a basic principle of our Nation is the free exercise of religion.” It set out an individualized process for requests for religious exemptions and created a general presumption in favor of religious accommodation.