(Jen Chung) Fashion—specifically daring hipster fashion, like tank tops or bicyclist gear—has been a controversial topic in ultra-Orthodox parts of Williamsburg. Now the city has decided to drop a lawsuit against Hasidic stores, opting to settle instead.
Store owners had put up signs forbidding scantily (or sleeveless) clad shoppers but the NYC Commission on Human Rights found the signs problematic and sued the stores. Then deputy commissioner Clifford Mulqueen said the signs, which refer to low-cut necklines, "are pretty specific to women. It seems pretty clear that it’s geared toward women dressing modestly if they choose to come into the store, and that would be discrimination."
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