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Judge Rules NYC Lawsuit Against ‘Discriminatory’ Signs Can Proceed

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Orthodox Jewish men and their children. Photo: Wiki Commons.

A lawsuit brought by New York City against several Ultra-Orthodox shops in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg should go to trial, an administrative judge has ruled.

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights first filed the lawsuit against the stores for having signs stating, “No shorts, no barefoot, no sleeveless, no low cut neckline allowed in this store,” in August 2012.

The City argues that the signs discriminate against customers.

“The whole key is, ‘How does that sign make someone feel? How would a person feel looking at that sign and [about] whether he or she is welcome in that store?’ ” Clifford Mulqueen, of the city’s Commission on Human Rights, told The New York Post.

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The shops argue the signs are not gender specific and are equivalent to a posh eatery requiring a coat and tie.

“Frankly, it’s very troubling that the commission thinks it’s okay for the Four Seasons restaurant to impose a dress code, but not a bakery owned by a Hasidic businessman,” lawyer Jay Lefkowitz told the Post.

The trial is expected to take place in January, officials said.

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