Monday March 27, 2017 06:47 PM EST

Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

Trilochan Singh and his wife Swarn pose in front of their Folsom, California home. Attorney General Kamala Harris submitted in court that Trilochan Singh cannot work as a prison guard if he keeps his religiously mandated beard. No exceptions.

Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

Trilochan Singh and his wife Swarn pose in front of their Folsom, California home. Attorney General Kamala Harris submitted in court that Trilochan Singh cannot work as a prison guard if he keeps his religiously mandated beard. No exceptions.

Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

Trilochan Singh, now 64, has been fight the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for nearly six years for the right to work as a prison guard with his religiously mandated beard.

Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

Kamala Harris took the case on behalf of the corrections department, and on Jan. 6, 2011, three days after she was sworn into office, she filed statements in court arguing that religion could not trump regulations. Harris, an Indian American, is asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit at the next hearing on April 19.

Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

“How can someone die wearing a gas mask with the Army but not get a job with a state agency?”

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