Was this "white only" sign a violation of civil rights?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cincinnati
landlord who claimed a black girl's hair products clouded an apartment
complex's swimming pool discriminated against the child by posting a
poolside "White Only" sign, an Ohio civil rights panel said Thursday in
upholding a previous finding.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission voted 4-0 against reconsidering its finding from last fall. There was no discussion.
The group found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein,
who is white, violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at
a pool at the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents.
parents filed a discrimination charge with the commission and moved out
of the duplex in the racially diverse city to "avoid subjecting their
family to further humiliating treatment," the commission said in a
release announcing its finding.
investigation revealed that Hein in May posted on the gated entrance to
the pool an iron sign that stated "Public Swimming Pool, White Only,"
the commission statement said.
witnesses confirmed that the sign was posted, and the landlord
indicated that she posted it because the girl used chemicals in her hair
that would make the pool "cloudy," according to the commission.
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