Religion-based protection for workers in New York

Source; Times of India

Religion
NEW YORK: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed into law a bill initiated by the Sikh Coalition to significantly enhance religion-based protections for employees working in the metropolis.

“Today’s law is a major step forward in ensuring Sikhs and other religious minorities are not unfairly excluded from jobs for which they are otherwise qualified,” said Amardeep Singh, programme director and co-founder of the community advocacy group.

Called the ” Workplace Religious Freedom Act“, the new law would change the legal standard by which courts review claims of religious workplace discrimination by public and private city employees.

Under previous city law, employers are required to make “reasonable accommodations” for the religious practices of their employees.

However, employers can bypass this requirement by showing that such accommodations would impose a minimal difficulty or expense on the employer’s business.

The new law will still allow employers to deny religious accommodations, but only by proving that such accommodations
would constitute a “significant difficulty or expense,” the Sikh Coalition said.

The current law does not allow Sikhs to work for the New York City Police Department unless they remove their turbans, the Coalition said.

 

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