A bus service in Brooklyn, New York is coming under fire because it forces women to sit in the back of its buses. The bus service owned by Hasidic Judaism, a religious group; Hasidic Judaism is not one movement, but a collection of separate individual groups with some commonality. There are approximately 30 larger Hasidic groups, and several hundred minor groups.
The city has threatened to shut down an Orthodox-run bus service in Brooklyn unless it stops forcing women to sit in the back of the vehicle.
Backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who called the segregated bus an “outrage,” the Department of Transportation sent a letter to the B110 bus owner stating that forcibly separating men and women was discriminatory, thereby violating the operator’s contract with the city.
If the bus line doesn’t start complying with the city’s nondiscrimination laws, its contract could be terminated, DOT wrote.
Although the bus operator, Private Transportation, serves primarily Orthodox Jews, it is open to the public, which means it must comply with city regulations.
The DOT said it was not going to permit any violation of equal opportunity laws on religious grounds, reports the Post.
The company’s contract with the city dates back more than 30 years.
IF THAT’S HOW THEY FEEL, THEN THEY SHOULD ONLY SERVICE THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY – THIS IS GOING BACKWARDS IN TIME!