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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