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September 30, 2013 1:29 pm

Judge Rules NYC Lawsuit Against ‘Discriminatory’ Signs Can Proceed

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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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  • EG

    Seriously? This is what our legal system gets to deal with? Remember the old, “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone?” Is that now a problem, too?

    If you don’t like the rules, stay out of the store. It’s that simple. Or dress appropriately. It’s that simple, too.

  • A PERSON WALKING INTO A STORE barefooted and shirtless especially if he isnt wearing a tie should be banned by universal standards of normalcy.

    BUT SERIOUSLY I have walked into a coat and tie resturant without same and they offered me both jacket and tie to wear while I am there. They objected to my brown bag with a kosher meal inside it though.

    attention commissioner mulqueen.YOU OVERSEE ”HUMAN RIGHTS” BUT YOU ARE WILLING TO STEP ON THE SHOP OWNERS HUMAN RIGHTS TO OPERATE A BUSINESS…
    IN A FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM…
    WHERE EITHER THE CUSTOMER CAN CHOSE TO SHOP THERE
    OR CHOOSE NOT TO SHOP THERE
    AND YOU ARE WILLING TO BE BIASED ON ONE SIDE.

    THEREFORE YOU ARE NOT A COMMISSIONER
    BUT A LOBBYIST FOR YOUR AGENDA…..

    I hear the shofar…can it be? can it be???? MASHIACH?

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