Monday, February 17, 2014
The city will stop its fight to fire a Hasidic cop who refused to trim his beard.
Fishel Litzman, who was booted from the police academy for sporting a beard longer than the permitted length, won a ruling from a federal judge finding his firing was religious discrimination. He said his strict beliefs barred him from trimming his facial hair.
City lawyers quietly filed paperwork Friday opting not to appeal.
Litzman, 39, has been reinstated and assigned to the Bronx.
“The case is over. It’s finished. He feels good. It’s been a battle but it’s good to see the NYPD now say, ‘Enough’ and he gets to be a police officer again,” said his lawyer, Nathan Lewin.
A spokesman for the city Law Department declined to comment.
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