SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -
California has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who was barred from
becoming a prison guard because he refused to shave the beard required
by his Sikh religion, officials said Thursday.
organizations said the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's
policy amounts to religious discrimination. They say the state makes
exceptions for men with certain medical conditions and should make
similar allowances for Sikhs, Muslims, Orthodox Jews and others whose
religion requires facial hair.
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