Busman Gill Sukhdarshan Singh told Migrant Tales that he plans to take his employer to court if no decision is reached with the Veolia bus company concerning a turban ban at work after the the Southern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency (Avi) makes a new ruling on the matter in about a week and a half.
The case has received wide coverage in the national media.
Avi ruled in June that a turban by the employer was discriminatory and gave the bus company until the end of September to redress the matter.
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“The employer didn’t say whether he was for or against me using a turban at work but at the end of September he told me that the ban was still in force,” the Sikh busman said. “I was very disappointed and felt very bad about the decision.”
Sukhdashan Singh said that he had been in touch with Sikh busmen in Germany, England, the United States and Sweden who had expressed their solidarity with his cause.
The problems that the busman faces at work is a good example of how far Finland lags behind other European countries concerning cultural diversity. Sikh bus drivers in England won such rights over forty years ago in 1969.