Orthodox Store Owners v. NYC: The Continuing Dress Code Battle

As we previously discussed, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has filed complaints against seven Jewish Orthodox-owned stores in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for their conservative dress codes — codes for patrons rather than employees. 

The stores – – – and the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council – – – are fighting the cases not only in the administrative proceedings, but in the courts of public opinion.  Here’s one advert:

The stores’ argument is that lots of places have dress codes, including court rooms.  (This is certainly true; recall the Tennessee judge who ordered women to wear only long sleeve jackets this summer).   As for the NYCCHR, it argues that the gendered nature of the dress code – – – focusing on modesty rules for women – – – makes women, a protected class, feel unwelcome.

More on Gothamist here.

Again, this is definitely litigation to watch.