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Pants suit doesn’t look too becoming on MTA

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A Pentecostal bus driver fired by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for refusing to wear pants because it violated her religious beliefs has sued and is receiving legal aid from an Orthodox Jewish organization. Agudath Israel of America came to her aid because Orthodox Jewish women, like Pentecostals, can wear only skirts.
    The driver is “not looking to cash out,” her attorney said. “She just wants her job back.”
    MTA has argued it’s a safety issue, but the driver said they originally objected to her skirts on the basis of “modesty,” saying passengers might look up her skirt. The MTA offered to let her wear culottes instead, but the driver said, “Those are just wife pants.” She countered with an offer to wear leggings under her skirts, but the MTA said there was still a chance her skirt might snag on something. She was fired.
    Uniform codes have held up under legal challenges in other professions. If the plaintiff can show the MTA changed its story along the way, however, that may be construed as discrimination. 

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