NYC Council Bans Workplace Religious Discrimination

Law360, New York (August 18, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT) -- The New York City Council unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday that strengthened the city’s ban on religious discrimination in the workplace.

Under the proposed new law, Int. No. 632-A or the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, both public and private employers are required to accommodate employees’ religious practices, such as wearing religious attire, taking certain days off or allotting time in the workday for prayer. The legislation would update the city's existing Human Rights Law.

Employers that are found to have engaged in unlawful discriminatory practices in...
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