2005-03-25 / Community

Weiner Sponsors Religious Freedom Act

Congressman Anthony Weiner points out that, last year, a Sikh subway motorman lost his job when the MTA said he couldn’t wear his religious headgear to work.

Then, five months later, he says, the MTA reneged on a job offer to a Brooklyn man who observed the Jewish Sabbath, and couldn’t work some weekend shifts.

In both cases, Weiner, a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, called on the MTA to reverse their decision, and not punish workers for the constitutional expression of their religious faith.

Recently, Weiner went one step further, standing with Senator John Kerry to introduce the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA). That act protects religious expression in the workplace by broadening the “accomodations” employers must make for employees who practice religion-including time off for religious observance and allowing for the wearing of religiously required clothing.

“Your job should never get in the way of your faith,” said Weiner. “No one leaves their faith at the workplace door, and they shouldn’t have to. Not in New York and not anyplace else.”

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