Best New York Lawyers Representing Employees For Religious?

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) has amended its complaint in the case of Zolotukhin v. Drexel University (Case No. CE 10-042) to expand the claims it is making against Drexel and its successor, Temple University, for failing to accommodate a female employee’s religious beliefs by providing her with an accommodation she requested: allowing her to use and attend meetings and events at other than regular work hours so that she could perform certain Jewish practices that conflict with normal business operations during nonbusiness hours. The amendment expands the Commission’s original claim to allege violations under three separate statutes: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Law § 292; and Article 7A of the New York State Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

The new allegations target two different aspects of these statutes: executive privilege claims related to personal information protected from disclosure under Executive Law § 290(e), which protects confidential or sensitive information about employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement or similar contract between their employer and a professional association representing employees in matters relating directly or indirectly to terms, conditions, privileges or benefits provided pursuant hereto [including medical leave]; as well as privacy protections afforded individuals under Section 290(a)(3); privacy rights associated with providing access accommodations for religious observances such as attendance at services not normally part of work duties regardless where those services take place [such as prayer rooms]; protection from

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