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"Beanie Meanie" Lawsuit Dresses Down Religious Garb At Work

An employee begins wearing a yarmulke to work, only he's not Jewish. He's Italian-American. His Jewish co-workers don't like it very much and call him out on it. He eventually gets fired, and then sues the company.

Welcome to what The New York Post is dubbing the Beanie Meanie Lawsuit:
Ciro Rosselli, 29, of Queens, claims in papers filed in Manhattan federal court yesterday that he donned the religious head cover in the office while practicing "theosophy," an obscure spiritual philosophy that holds "there is no higher religion than truth."

But the non-Jewish man's colleagues at McKinsey & Co. apparently thought wearing the Jewish skullcap wasn't kosher -- and allegedly unleashed a torrent of taunts at the Astoria, Queens, resident.

Rosselli claims that his boss sent him an e-mail likening him to Kabbala fan Madonna for his sudden embrace of Judaism, while another co-worker suggested he was just trying "to hide his bald spot."

Madonna and bald spots aside, the suit raises a few interesting questions. Can employees claim religious harassment and/or discrimination if they suddenly decide to don the clothing (or rituals) of another religion (in this case, as a part of a spiritual quest called "theosophy")? Do the other employees in the office who are of that religion have a right to be offended and to make the employee stop? Can you be Jewish if you're Italian-American? Can singing and dancing around the house in your underwear make you Madonna? And who came up with the phrase "Beanie Meanie Lawsuit"? It's totally awesome.

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