New York, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
Former recruit Fishel Litzman was fired less than a month before he completed training because he refused to trim his beard “as a matter of religious conscience,” said the religious discrimination lawsuit.
Beards kept for religious purposes are allowed by the NYPD if trimmed to a length of one millimeter or less. However, this proposed accommodation by the NYPD was deemed “inadequate” by Litzman, said the religious discrimination lawsuit.
“Under federal, New York State and New York City law, employers cannot ignore the religious needs of employees,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.
New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand the religious discrimination in employment lawsuit claims the NYPD violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New York, as well as New York City's Workplace Religious Freedom Act.
In the civil rights lawsuit against the New York Police Department, Litzman asks to be restored to the position he occupied when he received his termination notice, and compel the NYPD to meet his requests for religious accommodation.
“In New York, an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee's sincerely held religious observance or practice, unless the employer can demonstrate undue hardship, meaning significant expense or difficulty,” said Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer. “The New York Police Department would be hard pressed to establish that an untrimmed beard would create undue hardship.”
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including religious discrimination in employment or racial profiling can contact New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including religious discrimination and religious harassment. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03), a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04), and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."