New York State Law Aims to Protect Religious Rights for Employees as Executive Branch Works to Dismantle Individual Protections
Do you think the labor department's new “religious purpose” rule violates the First Amendment?
New legislation in the state of New York amends the state’s existing Human Rights Law to specify that employers cannot “refuse to hire, attain, promote, or take other discriminatory action against an individual for wearing attire or facial hair in accordance with tenets of their religion.”
This law was signed just days before the Trump administration introduced a new rule that would allow labor department contractors to discriminate based on religion, race, sexual orientation, and a variety of other factors as long as the contractor can provide a “religious purpose” for the exclusion.
While private companies are entitled to certain religious protections under the First Amendment, the stronger protection should always be granted to the individual.
Do you think this new rule limits religious freedom for workers? Tell your representative how you feel.
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