AG James Warns of Pre-Pesach Car Wash Price Gouging

By Hamodia Staff


New York Attorney General Letitia James warned consumers and businesses Tuesday to be wary of Pesach price gouging ahead of the holiday.

James said in a statement that the public should be aware of “potential discriminatory pricing practices at car washes in the days leading up to Passover,” and warned businesses that “this practice is illegal.”

“This year and in previous years, there have been reports of car wash businesses in predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City and the Hudson Valley raising prices for Jewish customers seeking cleaning services close to Passover,” the statement continued. “According to reports provided to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), some companies have advertised “specials” for car washing services related to Passover, but instead, charged higher prices to Jewish customers. Under New York law, it is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of religion.” 

“New York has zero tolerance for antisemitism and discrimination of any kind.”

“We will not hesitate to take action against any business that engages in such offensive behavior, and I urge anyone who has been a victim of this discrimination to contact my office immediately.” 

Anyone who is aware of businesses using discriminatory practices or believes that they were charged more for services because of their religion, race, or background is encouraged to file a complaint either online or call 1-800-771-7755.

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