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Law would protect those wearing attire traditional to their religious practice, such as these Sikh men, from discrimination. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eriksimages/7592692048/">Arjen Stilklik </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Law would protect those wearing attire traditional to their religious practice, such as these Sikh men, from discrimination. Photo: Arjen Stilklik , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers seek protections on religious attire

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two New York state lawmakers from Queens are promoting a bill that would protect workers from religious discrimination based on how they dress.

The bill before the state Senate would clarify that attire and facial hair worn in accordance with a worker's religion is protected under human rights law.

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Sponsors cite the case of a Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker who was told to put an MTA badge on his turban.

The bill was approved in the Assembly.

Sponsors state Sen. James Sanders and Assemblyman David Weprin will hold a news conference Tuesday outside the Senate chamber to urge passage in that house.

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