Justice Department Reaches Settlement in Discrimination Case Where Black Youth Were Banned From Swimming Pool
On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it has reached a settlement with the Valley Swim Club. The Pennsylvania club was accused of discriminating against black children because of their race in 2009.
The day camp Creative Steps had purchases passes which allowed children to swim at the pool during the summer, but once the black children arrived, they were met with racial slurs, then the swim club refunded the day camp’s money and prohibited the children from returning to the pool.
After the incident, a group of families filed a lawsuit against Valley Swim Club, which prompted the swim club to file for bankruptcy. The club’s property was sold in June 2010 for $1,460,000.
CBS Philly reports:
Now, the Justice Department has revealed that once the administration of the estate and bankruptcy case is closed and after paying costs and fees, the remaining assets from the swim club will be split between the 73 discrimination claimants—a number that could be as much as $1.1 million, or just over $15,000 per person.
“This settlement provides significant opportunity to children who were denied an opportunity based on their skin color,” said JoAnn Edwards, executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. “Our hope is that this case serves as prevention for years to come and a reminder that discrimination is illegal, and has no place in Pennsylvania.”
The settlement also provides that $65,000 from the proceeds of the sale of the Valley Club’s property be set aside for the creation of a leadership council that comprises former Valley Club members, Creative Steps counselors, campers and their families.
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