Parminder KaurToronto (May 27, 2014): The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) has worked with Kuehne & Nagel, a multinational freighting company, to develop a kirpan accommodation policy for Sikhs workers at its Canadian facilities.
In November 2013, Parminder Kaur, an amritdhari Sikh, was sent by her employment agency to the Kuehne & Nagel facility in Mississauga. At the entrance to the facility, Ms. Kaur was told that the location was “metal free” and she would not be permitted to wear her kirpan. Upon speaking with other workers, she learned that metal bracelets and other metal jewelry were being permitted onto the premises.
Ms. Kaur tried to explain the significance of the kirpan but was told she would not be permitted to work without its removal. After leaving the facility, she contacted the WSO for assistance.