In April of 2021, students seeking to create a LGBTQ group on the campus of Yeshiva University (“YU”) filed suit against the institution for its flagrant violations of New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) when repeatedly rejecting the formation of an LGBTQ student group on campus. Plaintiffs applied to be school-sponsored clubs through the proper channels and were denied recognition at YU by the highest levels of leadership, including Yeshiva’s President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman. The university argues it is a religious institution, exempt from the NYCHRL. YU’s religious freedom defense fails when considered in light of its primary purpose and incorporation status as an educational institution and given the language of the NYCHRL.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on October 3, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Woods, Samantha, "Religious Freedom or Freedom to Discriminate?" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 28.