NY Sikh, Muslim workers allowed religious headwear

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York's Sikh and Muslim transit workers will be allowed to wear religious head coverings without an agency logo - after years of legal battles.

A settlement was announced Wednesday between workers and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The agency faced a string of lawsuits after deciding before 9/11 that employees wearing the traditional Sikh turbans and Muslim headscarves had to work out of public view. The agency later changed it so that workers were allowed to wear the head coverings in public - but only with the MTA logo attached.

The U.S. Justice Department brought the case on behalf of 10 workers.

The settlement is in response to the federal lawsuit alleging the MTA discriminated against workers wearing the head coverings.

The MTA says the settlement "contains no finding of fault or liability."

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