Discrimination against Jews/Antisemitism

You are Jewish. You practice Judaism, and you are a conscientious and dedicated worker. Your New York employer does not see it that way because your employer is antisemitic. You have noticed that there has been increasing discrimination in your workplace against Jews. You are called derogatory and hurtful names. You are not hired, abused or fired because of your dress or your grooming. You wear a sheitel, or a yarmulke or tzitzit. You are told you don’t have the “right look”. Maybe you are subject to physical violence. You are shocked by the level of antisemitism. You should not have to live in fear in the land of freedom.

Jews are entitled, as are members of other religions, to practice their religion. You are entitled to a reasonable accommodation in your New York workplace to practice Judaism, as long as the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on your employer. A reasonable accommodation may involve enabling you to leave early for Shabbat, or to take time off for Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah, and to participate in other religious celebrations and holidays. You should let your New York employer know that you want to cause the least amount of hardship or burden for the accommodation, and that you will get your work done. Perhaps you could offer to work later or earlier, or on the holidays of other religions. Discuss possibilities for flexible scheduling. For example, you may request to begin work early on Friday so that you can leave for home early on Friday. Your employer must engage in a good faith dialogue.

The purpose of discrimination laws in the workplace is to promote multiculturalism and diversity. The law proscribes antisemitism. Some employers are wary of or hostile to as a Jew just because they don’t understand your religious practices. For example, perhaps you can encourage your employer to provide sensitivity training at work to explain your Jewish religious practices, customs and observance.

Nor can your New York employer subject you to a hostile environment because of the fact that you are a Jew. Antisemitism is a form of religious discrimination. Calling you derogatory, hurtful names, or threatening you because of the fact that you are a Jew is against the law in New York State and New York City.

If you complain about that you are being discriminated against because you are Jewish, your New York employer cannot subject you to retaliation. If your employer fires you for complaining about religious discrimination, that would obviously be considered retaliation. But retaliation would also include other adverse actions which affect you, such as demotion, taking away significant job duties, pay cuts, reduction in work hours, or a host of other adverse actions which would have the effect of discouraging employees from bringing to light discriminatory conduct.

Contact us online or call us at (212) 949-1001 so that we can review if your New York City employer has subjected you to discrimination because you are Jewish in violation of law in New York State or New York City.