OU Applauds Introduction of Workplace Religious Freedom Act

27 Jan 2009

The Orthodox Union (Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization applauds the introduction of HB 13, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, and its prime sponsor, Delegate Roger Manno (D, D-19), in the Maryland General Assembly for the new legislative session.

The legislation is needed to fill an existing gap in both state and federal law, to allow religiously observant workers a workplace free of harassment where they can wear religiously mandated clothing (a kippa, turban, necklace pendant etc.) and to be able to practice their faith by taking time off for holidays and observances without penalty.

Howie Beigelman, OU Deputy Director of Public Policy stated:

“Sadly, today too many are still forced to choose between faith and livelihood. By Maryland enacting WRFA, which is similar to laws already on the books in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the Legislature would protect employees while making Maryland a better place to live and work for thousands. We applaud Delegate Manno for this much needed fix that protects Marylanders in the absence of needed federal legislation.”