- Recruitment agency’s ‘no-beard’ policy indirectly discriminated against Sikhs (Sethi v Elements Personnel Services Ltd)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Employment analysis: Elements Personnel recruitment agency recruited staff to five-star hotels in London and adopted a no-beard policy. Mr Sethi, a Sikh, refused to shave his beard for religious reasons. Mr Sethi successfully argued that the no-beard policy amounted to indirect discrimination (section 19 of the Equality Act 2010). Mukhtiar Singh, barrister at Garden Court Chambers and counsel for Mr Sethi, explains the decision and its implications.
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