Disney allows Sikh worker to show turban and uncut beard

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Posted: Jul 10, 2015 1:36 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Sikh American deliveryman who claimed his routes at Walt Disney World were restricted so visitors wouldn't see his turban and unshaved beard has won the right to have the same routes as other delivery workers.

Walt Disney World Resort issued a letter last month saying that Gurdit Singh would be granted a religious accommodation from Disney's strict grooming guidelines, known as "The Disney Look."

The Disney Look requires workers to have neatly cut hair, no unnatural hair colors and no visible tattoos.

The company only started allowing workers to grow beards in 2012, but the beards have to be neatly trimmed.

Disney attorney Armando Rodriguez-Feo says the company is devoted to diversity.

Disney sent the letter after being threatened with legal action by the ACLU and The Sikh Coalition.