A member of the Sikh community has been forced to withdraw from service after being refused permission to wear a 'police turban' on service to the state. The Sikh man had completed several weeks of training before being given uniform which did not include a turban which his religion demands of him. Sikh loses challenge to refusal by Garda Reserve to allow turbans on duty - Crime & Law News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times - Fri, May 31, 2013This is blatant discrimination against a member of the community who wishes to serve. Just look at other modern states around us to see that it can be facilitated in service: Is it time Ireland became more accommodating?He made a complaint under the Equality Acts alleging he was treated less favourably than others in accessing employment and in his conditions of employment.
Lawyers for the Garda Commissioner argued members of the Garda Reserve are not “employees” within the meaning of the Equality Acts and therefore the Acts did not apply to them.