Proof that racial tension still permeates society, a Caucasian Ohio landlord found to have discriminated against an African-American teenage girl by posting a Public Swimming Pool, White Only sign at a duplex swimming pool is urging the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to reconsider its decision, according to reports.
The commission found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at the pool of the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents in May. The AP reports that the parents filed a discrimination charge with the commission and moved out of the duplex to avoid subjecting their family to further humiliating treatment, according to the commission in a release announcing its finding.
The statement said that the commission's investigation concluded that the sign posting restricts the social interaction between Caucasians and African-Americans and reinforces discriminatory actions aimed at oppressing people of color.
According to the AP, several witnesses confirmed the posted sign. The statement said Hein's reasoning behind the posting was that the girl used chemicals in her hair that would make the pool cloudy.
The commission is scheduled to hear Hein's request for reconsideration on Thursday in Columbus said commission spokeswoman Brandi Martin.
Martin added that if the commission upholds its original finding, then the case will be referred to the Ohio attorney general's office, which would then represent the commission's findings before an administrative law judge. It would still be possible for Hein and the commission to reach a settlement before resorting to legal action, and any decision by the administrative judge could possibly be appealed to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati.
Do you believe Hein's reason is justified or is she covering up racism/prejudice/discrimination?