Clinic Students Vindicate Religious Freedom for Sikh Clients

Clinic Students Secure Landmark Civil Rights Victory for Sikh Clients
Daniel Renz, JD ’16 and Nicole Cambeiro, JD ’16 outside EEOC offices

Stanford Law School’s Religious Liberty Clinic has helped secure a landmark settlement with national trucking giant J.B. Hunt that will allow its Sikh truck drivers to maintain unshorn hair in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs. The deal also includes a six-figure payment to the Clinic’s clients, four Sikh employees and applicants of J.B. Hunt who had challenged as a violation of federal civil rights law the company’s hair-cutting requirement for driver drug testing.

The settlement follows years of work by teams of Clinic students and the Sikh Coalition, as well an investigation and findings by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that sided with the Sikh truck drivers. The case was finally resolved through a multilateral negotiation led by former Clinic students Nicole Cambeiro, JD ’16, and Daniel Renz, JD ’16, with the Sikh Coalition’s Harsimran Kaur. Read full press release.