A California judge has ordered a fitness centre to pay damages to a Sikh man after the firm denied him a job on religious and ethnic grounds. During the course of the interview Dhaliwal, who was born and raised in California, was asked about his religious and ethnic background and later denied the job. “He was basically asked where he was born, where his parents were born, what religion he subscribed to and whether he was a Muslim,” said US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) programme analyst Linda Li.

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