Denying pregnant patrons alcohol now illegal in NYC

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It’s now against the law for New York City bars and restaurants to refuse alcoholic beverage service to pregnant customers, according to rules issued Friday by the city’s Human Rights Commission.

The guidelines, which mainly discuss protections for pregnant employees, spell out that “Judgments and stereotypes about how pregnant individuals should behave, their physical capabilities and what is or is not healthy for a fetus” cannot be used as justification for discriminatory practices, reports the Associated Press.

According to the rules, which are posted here, it would also be against the law for a restaurant to refuse to serve raw fish to a pregnant woman, or for a bar to deny her entry.

At the close of last year, the HRC outlawed sex-specific rules for NYC restaurants, making it illegal to require male and females employees to don different uniforms or to follow different sets of rules about hair length, jewelry or makeup application. The same guidelines apply to sex-specific dress codes for customers.

Read the full story via the Associated Press


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