ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
announced Wednesday an enforcement initiative to protect the
religious rights of increasingly diverse New Yorkers while they're at work and elsewhere.
The attorney general's office is targeting faith-based discrimination by inviting reports of potential violations, issuing guidance on workplace measures like flexible scheduling and dress codes, and threatening civil rights lawsuits for violations.
State and federal laws require employers to accommodate religious practices such as observance of holy days, unless that creates an "undue hardship" on the employer, and to accommodate religious dress and prayer during the workday.
Schneiderman said examples of religious discrimination include a
Muslim worker being denied the opportunity to pray during work hours, a restaurant telling a Sikh man he must remove his turban
and a condominium association telling a Jewish family to remove a
Mezuzah from their front door while letting others hang flags and
flowers outside their homes.
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