Gurvinder Grewal, a current Stony Brook graduate, went out to fulfill friends after midnight Saturday evening to Harbor Grill in Port Jefferson. However the Sikh 23-year-old was ‘embarrassed’ when safety didn’t let him in sporting his spiritual headwear.
“I felt shocked, embarrassed and harm,” Grewal advised The Submit. “I by no means encountered a state of affairs the place I used to be refused a service or entry into an institution for sporting a turban.”
A Harbor Grill supervisor advised Grewal that he wouldn’t be allowed in with a head masking.
“[He was] sporting what can be extra extensively perceived because the slang time period ‘dew rag’ or a ‘stocking cap’ and never a standard turban,” the restaurant wrote in a prolonged Fb remark after residents expressed outrage.
Grewal’s license exhibits him sporting the identical fashion of spiritual turban.
“I defined to the supervisor that it was a turban and I wore it to apply my faith. Nonetheless, he saved telling me that it was the proprietor’s coverage,” Grewal advised The Submit. “I defined that I simply needed to hang around with some associates for the evening and even went to the again of the road to attempt to clarify my state of affairs once more a second time, which nonetheless didn’t work.”
The fine-dining spot with waterfront views enforces a costume code after 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The principles limit all headwear, the Port Instances Document reported. The supervisor advised Grewal it was a brand new coverage.
“We don’t enable hats or headwear with a view to extra capably establish individuals contained in the institution,” the restaurant wrote.
The restaurant mentioned that Harbor Grill “embraces individuals of all races and religions,” and doesn’t discriminate towards anybody for his or her creed or colour.
“We sincerely apologize for any misery that this incident might have induced. Please know that our weekend costume code coverage is in place for the security of all of our patrons,” the restaurant wrote. “Anybody sporting any kind of hat is welcome throughout regular restaurant hours.”
Grewal advised The Submit that Port Jefferson Mayor Margot Garant apologized to him for the incident and suggested him on actions to tackle the problem. Grewal tried to acquire a police report right this moment at a Suffolk County precinct however was advised “it was a civil matter, not a felony matter,” he mentioned.
“The officer advisable I contact a civil lawyer or the ACLU,” Grewal mentioned. “I plan to achieve out to them right this moment or tomorrow.”
Grewal, who works at Metropolis MD, volunteers as an EMT at Stony Brook, he mentioned.
“We frequently are requested to cowl some calls in Port Jefferson, so I used to be harm to seek out out that I wouldn’t be allowed to enter an institution locally I serve,” he mentioned. “All through my life, I’ve confronted verbal abuse and bullying about my look, largely all through college. Nonetheless, my primary freedoms of getting into public lodging was by no means infringed upon.”