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Friday, January 31, 2014

NYPD Hasidic Cop Previously Fired Over Religiously-Significant Beard Reinstated In Bronx

                                            NYPD Officer Fishel Litzman

Following a November ruling in which a judge agreed that he was victim of religious discrimination, 39 year-old Fishel Litzman has been reinstated by the NYPD and assigned to the 46th Precinct in the Bronx.

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Reports that Litzman was booted from the Police Academy a month before graduation in June of 2012 because he contended that his religious beliefs prohibited him from trimming his facial hair down to the dept. limitations of 1 millimeter.

Litzman was forced to take on a paramedic position to support his family while his federal case against the NYPD was ongoing.

A federal judge in December ordered his reinstatement, as well as the NYPD to pay $137K in legal fees.

The city immediately filed a notice to appeal, but Litzman’s lawyer, Nathan Lewin, said he’s hopeful the new administration will decide to drop it.

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