19 Jun, 2015
Auckland: A 30-year-old Sikh man working in New Zealand was barred from a club because of his turban, prompting him to lodge a complaint alleging religious discrimination. Gurpreet Singh, a real estate agent was not allowed to enter the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club in Auckland for lunch with colleagues as he breached the club’s no-headwear policy.
“We tried to explain to club staff that the turban was part of our faith and not something I could take off,” Singh was quoted as saying by The New Zealand Herald. “But they said ‘No, we have this policy and we are sticking to it,” he said. “Instead of arguing we just left.”