Muslim hotel owner in Santa Monica violated civil rights of Jews?
Santa Monica’s Hotel Shangri-La and its owner discriminated against members of a Jewish organization two years ago when staff and security guards ordered the group to halt a poolside event, a jury determined Wednesday.
The hotel was ordered to pay the group more than $1 million in statutory damages, with punitive damages yet to be determined.
Members of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces had gathered at the Art Deco hotel on the afternoon of July 11, 2010, and, shortly after their party got underway, were told to remove their literature and banners, get out of the pool and hot tub, and stop handing out T-shirts, according to court documents and testimony.
The employees said they were following the orders of hotel owner Tehmina Adaya, a Muslim woman of Pakistani descent.
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