Skip to comments.Justice Dept. Looks Into State's Ban On Prison-Guard Beards
Posted on 10/31/2012 9:47:06 PM PDT by Steelfish
Justice Dept. Looks Into State's Ban On Prison-Guard Beards Agency scrutinizes policy in wake of lawsuit by a Sikh man who said he was denied a job because of his facial hair, which is part of his religious practice.
By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times November 1, 2012 SACRAMENTO California's policy barring beards on prison guards has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department after a discrimination lawsuit by a Sikh man who said he was denied a job because of his facial hair, which is part of his religious practice.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled the lawsuit last year by paying $295,000 to the plaintiff, Trilochan Oberoi, and giving him a $61,000-a-year administrative job. He had been told he would have to shave to be considered for a prison guard job.
But the state has maintained its no-beard policy, citing safety issues. Prison guards must be able to wear gas masks during emergencies.
Prisons spokeswoman Terry Thornton said she could not comment on the state's policy "because we are currently under investigation of the U.S. Department of Justice.''
San Francisco attorney Harmeet Kaur Dhillon, who represents Oberoi, said she is cooperating with the federal investigation.
"I can confirm that my case is the reason why the investigation was initiated by the Civil Rights Division of the United State Department of Justice,'' Dhillon said.
State officials say California rules are identical to regulations by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration: "The employer shall not permit respirators with tight-fitting facepieces to be worn by employees who have facial hair that comes between the sealing surface of the facepiece and the face or that interferes with valve function.''
Dhillon, who is also a Sikh, said that there are gas masks....
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paying $295,000 to the plaintiff, Trilochan Oberoi, and giving him a $61,000-a-year administrative job
Sweet deal for this parasite, Kaliforni can afford anything it seems. lol.
Have these asswads sign a binding legal document that should they die as a result of their facial hair oreventing safe operating conditions they recieve no government insurance payout and their family is legally prevented from suing to get money..
When someone applys for a job , and finds that there is a requirement ( for safety reasons) for no beards , or even facial hair , he should disqualify himself.
To knowingly apply for a job that they are not capable of following , they are guilty of Sandra Flukeing the system !
Fluke him !!