A former IRS agent in Houston who is a Sikh has sued the IRS because she was fired for wearing her kirpan.
The lawsuit claims that the IRS’s termination of Tagore violates both the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and Title VII religious employment discrimination rules. It alleges that the IRS banned the kirpan as a so-called “dangerous weapon,” even though the government allows hundreds of sharp knives and box cutters in the Leland Building. The edge of Tagore’s kirpan is three inches long and is not sharp. Government officials banned Tagore’s kirpan sight unseen, failing to conduct any examination whatsoever of the kirpan before banning it outright.