Sikh truckers file human-rights complaint over CP hardhat rule

TORONTO, — A group of 500 Sikh truck drivers hauling in and out of CP Rail yards are taking the railway to the Ontario Human Rights Commission over a rule that requires them to wear hardhats on the job.

According to CBC News, the drivers filed the complaint against CP because the rule requires them to wear the protective headgear instead of turbans — which are mandatory in Sikhism.

CP Rail told CBC it’s enforcing the hardhat rule whenever drivers enter CP’s Toronto intermodal yards because of safety concerns. The railway attempted to compromise by suggesting the truckers could remove part of the six-metre turbans to make room for the hardhats.

The drivers rejected that proposal, however, and pursued their complaint with the Commission.

— from CBC News

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