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Bally Total Fitness

Fresno, CA: (Apr-25-07) The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Bally Total Fitness on behalf of Sukdev "Devin" Singh Dhaliwal, a Sikh man who claimed that the gym denied him a job after asking if he was Muslim. The suit alleged Dhaliwal applied for a sales job with one of Bally's five Fresno fitness centers in 2004. An interviewer quizzed Dhaliwal, who was born and raised in California, about his religious and ethnic background, denied him a job, and hired non-Sikh and non-Indian applicants with less experience. In a settlement reached, a federal judge ordered Bally Total Fitness to pay $24,000 as compensation to Dhaliwal, as well as provide training in equal opportunity hiring practices to managers at its Fresno locations. Dhaliwal said he plans to donate some of the money to his alma mater, California State University, Fresno, where a business law professor steered him to the EEOC after hearing about the interview. [MERCURY NEWS: SIKH DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Apr-29-07


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