Sunday, November 09, 2014

Settlement Reached In Case of Sikh IRS Employee's Wearing of Kirpan

A settlement has been reached in the case of a Sikh employee of the Internal Revenue Service who lost her job after she insisted on wearing her kirpan into her federal office building. As reported this week by the Houston Chronicle and in a Becket Fund press release, the settlement was reached shortly after the trial of RFRA claims began in the case that was on remand from the 5th Circuit. (See prior posting.) Under the settlement, plaintiff Kawaljeet Tagore's firing is expunged from her record. She may not seek re-employment with the IRS, but may apply to other federal agencies.  She is allowed to enter federal buildings with her kirpan for a period of three years. Finally she is awarded $400,000 for lawyers' fees and expenses.