Woman fired for observing Passover fights back

Bob Unruh – December 19, 2016

An Orthodox Jewish woman who worked for the company that runs both Reagan National and Dulles airports is fighting back after being forced out of her job – allegedly because she observed Passover.

“It takes some chutzpah for the government to punish a Jewish woman for celebrating Passover,” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel of Becket Law, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case now has been moved.

“It takes even more chutzpah to say that they are the only government agency in D.C. exempt from our civil rights laws.”

WND reported in June the case was brought on behalf of Susan Abeles against the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.

When it was dismissed by a trial judge, the airport authority told WND the judge “determined that the claims of religious discrimination lacked merit.”

But the woman’s defenders question why she was disciplined after 2013, when she followed the same procedure she had used in previous years to let supervisors know of her requirement absence for Passover.