City settles religious discrimination lawsuit with contractor for JFK and LaGuardia airports

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New York City’s Human Rights Commission (CCHR) has settled a lawsuit of religious discrimination against Pax Assist, a contractor that provides wheelchair assistance to passengers at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

CCHR’s first announced the lawsuit in 2017, in which they alleged Pax Assist denied breaks to their Muslim workers for daily prayers or for eating after fasting during the month of Ramadan.

The commission filed both a commission-initiated complaint and a public complaint made by a worker against the airport contractor, which works with more than two dozen airlines.

During the investigation, it was found that employees also reported they heard derogatory comments about Muslims by their managers over their communication devices when they asked to take a break earlier than scheduled. CCHR attorneys found several other employees

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Ben Carson HUD investigating religious discrimination claims

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben. Carson visits faith-based homelessness service providers in Detroit, Michigan, on Aug. 17, 2020. | HUD/Matthew Koenig, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries

Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said the department is investigating a complaint against the owner and manager of senior apartments in Oklahoma for violating the Fair Housing Act by removing Bibles and other religious literature from their common areas.

“Religious liberty is at the core of our nation’s identity and will be upheld under the Fair Housing Act,” Carson said in a statement. The law prohibits discrimination in housing and in housing-related services based on religion.

“Barring religious materials infringes upon this right, and the Trump administration will not stand for discrimination against any group for practicing their religious traditions,” Carson added.

Wilhoit Properties, which manages the apartments and assisted-living

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