But now Sikhs are appealing to British Columbian voters to support candidates who support a B.C. Human Rights Commission to be reinstated because they want turbaned Sikhs to be exempt from wearing a hardhat in the workplace. BC is the only province to have disbanded their Human Rights Commission.
Over 21,000 British Columbians had signed a petition to this effect last year. This petition was also supported by all BC gurdwara societies including all head priests (granthis).
The response from representatives of the provincial government was disappointing.
“Government does not have plans at this time to introduce specific legislation that will provide such an exemption,” wrote Shirley Bond, Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Training and Minister for Responsible for Labour
“If an employee feels that the employer is not taking appropriate steps to accommodate the religious needs of the employee, then the employee may seek the advice of the BC Human Rights Clinic or file a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal,” wrote David Merner, Executive Director, Dispute Resolutions Office, Ministry of the Attorney General, on behalf of Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. – CINEWS