The city of New York is suing seven chassidic Jewish-owned businesses for demanding that customers dress modestly. Signs hung outside the shops said that customers could not wear shorts or sleeveless or low-cut shirts in the store.
Representatives from the city’s Commission on Human Rights said the signs were problematic because they constituted an attempt to force religious beliefs on others.
The businesses in question are located in the Brooklyn neighborhood Williamsburg, where much of the population is chassidic. Similar signs are common in hareidi-religious businesses in Israel.