Recent Briefs and Opinions
           Lewin & Lewin asked a federal court of appeals on February 9 to reconsider its stunning ruling that approved
the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a 26-year veteran employee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports
Authority who was suspended without pay because she stayed home to observe the concluding two days of
Passover in 2013. In his
15-page petition, Nathan Lewin, well-known advocate for Jewish religious rights, noted that
the initial decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit had failed to quote or construe the
precise language of the Authority’s manual that, according to the court’s opinion, the employee had failed to follow
before taking annual leave for the religious holiday.
         The federal Civil Rights Act requires employers to make a “reasonable accommodation” to the religious
observances of their employees. The provision of law, initially drafted by Lewin, was included in 1973 amendments
to the Civil Rights Act in order to protect Sabbath-observers.   

         Ms. Abeles’ appeal was supported by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the American Jewish
Committee, and the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs.