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Queens Chronicle

Religious freedom bill pending

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:30 am

State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) have introduced and continue to back bills that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace against attire that is worn for a religious purpose.

The legislation, which has passed the Assembly but not yet the Senate, was introduced in response to a series of cases and concerns from religious communities throughout New York that have seen workplace discrimination due to individuals’ religious garb or facial grooming.

“People should not have to make a choice between working to provide for their families or observing their religion,” Weprin said in a prepared statement, urging the Senate “to ensure that all New Yorkers will be able to freely wear religious garments in the workplace such as hijabs, turbans, kippahs and beards without fear of persecution.”

“A person should be able to work and practice their religion,” Sanders said. “This bill will ensure that workers are not discriminated at the workplace simply for following their faith. I am proud of the diversity of my district and I’m proud to stand up for the religious rights of all New Yorkers.”

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