A Sikh real estate agent says he is “shocked” and “insulted” after being barred from entering a Cosmopolitan Club for lunch this week with colleagues because he was wearing a turban.
Gurpreet Singh, 30, who works at Ray White Papatoetoe, is taking his complaint against the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club for religious discrimination to the Human Rights Commission.
“I tried to explain that the turban is part of my faith and it is not a headgear that I can take off, but the reception just refused to accept that,” Mr Singh said.
“I don’t know whether it’s being racist or ignorance, but what they did left me shocked and insulted.”
This is not the first time the club has been embroiled in controversy. The Herald reported another turban-wearing Sikh being denied entry in 2010 when the club said his turban breached its no-headwear policy.
A year before that incident, another complaint was lodged against the club after it refused to allow a Muslim international student to dine there because she was wearing a hijab, or religious headscarf.
Mr Singh said he was not aware of the earlier complaints, but had lodged complaints with the commission and the police because he wanted the club to change its “discriminatory” policy.
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