New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on Sikh Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against the New York MTA

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New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman comments on the outcome of a recent religious discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of Sikh train operator against the New York MTA. Now employees will no longer be required to wear religious head coverings bearing the agency logo. The New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm have handled all types of civil rights violation cases over the past 30 years.

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In New York, an employer must make reasonable accommodation for religious reasons when an employee requests reasonable modifications to workplace policies and practices, like uniforms.

Following a federal discrimination lawsuit (Case: 1:05-cv-o5477-SLT-MDG) filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Muslim and Sikh Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees will no longer be required to wear religious head coverings bearing the MTA agency logo.

According to the New York Daily News(5/31/2012) protected religious head coverings include traditional Sikh turbans and Muslim khimars, as well as headscarves, yarmulkes, kufis and skullcaps.

The civil rights violation lawsuit, Harrington v. MTA, was filed on behalf of Kevin Harrington, a Sikh train operator who, following 9/11, was ordered by the MTA to either remove his turban or work in a nonpublic job.

New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that the agency later revised the policy, allowing workers to wear the head coverings in public, but only with the MTA logo attached.

The Sikh Coalition and Center for Constitutional Rights had brought the religious discrimination in employment case to court claiming the MTA had violated both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law, according to the religious discrimination lawsuit.

“In New York, an employer must make reasonable accommodation for religious reasons when an employee requests reasonable modifications to workplace policies and practices, like uniforms. The exception is if the employer can demonstrate undue hardship, meaning ‘significant expense or difficulty,’” explained New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.

Before the religious discrimination lawsuit was filed, Harrington had worked for the MTA for 20 years without anyone objecting to his wearing a turban on the job.

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 racial 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

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