A Sikh rsays he is "shocked" and "insulted" after being barred from entering a Cosmopolitan Club for lunch this week with colleagues because he was wearing a turban.

Gurpreet Singh, 30, who works at Ray White Papatoetoe, is taking his complaint against the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club for religious discrimination to the Human Rights Commission.

Club manager Patricia Rangi would not comment yesterday except to say the matter was going through the processes before the commission. The club's policy banned entry to all people with headgear, including those wearing them for religious reasons.

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