Fishel Litzman

Religious Discrimination Or Splitting Hairs?

Fired chasidic cop and NYPD entangled in dispute over beard-trimming requirement.
07/09/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The New York City Police Department bars officers from sporting beards except to accommodate medical or religious requests — and even then the beard can be no longer than one millimeter in length.

Fired probationary officer Fishel Litzman.

Chasidic Cadet Challenges NYPD's Beard Law

07/04/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The New York Police Department bars officers from sporting beards except to accommodate medical or religious requests – and even then the beard can be no longer than one millimeter in length.

Fishel Litzman is willing to trim his beard for an emergency, but not for training.

When Work And Religion Collide

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Two religious accommodation cases last week that involved Orthodox Jews — a prospective Sabbath-observant employee of a New York-based consulting firm, and a chasidic Jew whose beard threatens to keep him out of the New York Police Department — are part of an ongoing tug of war between employers and religious workers, says the veteran lawyer who has advocated on behalf of Shabbat-observant Jews for more than four decades.

NYPD recruit Fishel Litzman, left, and attorney Nathan Lewin.
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