From the Hawk Eye
Golf club grounds keeper claims age discrimination
By JOHN MANGALONZO
A former Burlington Golf Club employee has filed a civil rights lawsuit against his former employer and two of its board members, alleging he was forced to resign due to his age.
Meanwhile, the golf club has filed a counterclaim, insisting Larry Albertsen has breached their contract and made promises to the board, which he did not fulfill.
The board has denied anything illegal - let alone discriminatory practices - took place.
The two board members mentioned in the lawsuit are Diane Sanders and Lorrin DeBlieck, who also was the greens chairman. Neither could be reached for comment Tuesday.
The petition originally was presented to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, which issued a right to sue.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone because of age with respect to terms, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, assignments and training. The act allows employers to favor older workers, even when doing so adversely affects a younger worker who is 40 or older.
It also is unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on age or for filing an age discrimination charge, testifying or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding or litigation under the ADEA.
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Not much has changed over the years..........
Golfer Wade Morris is a victim of religious discrimination
By Jill Painter, Staff Writer
SUNLAND - Five women stood on the sidewalk just outside Angeles National Golf Club on Wednesday morning with rally signs and Israeli flags.
One sign read: "Where's Wade Morris?"
The small group was protesting the absence of golfer Morris, a former driving range manager at Angeles National, from the PGA Tour qualifying event there for the Northern Trust Open.
Angeles National was one of the Southern California courses where golfers had the opportunity to play in a qualifier for next week's professional event at Riviera Country Club.
Brenda Morris, Wade's mother, held the sign questioning his whereabouts. Last year, Morris - who is Jewish - filed a discrimination complaint against Angeles National before the qualifying tournament. His attorney, Ann Hull, said he was told he could not play at the course, which was used as a qualifying event by the PGA.
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"In the end antiblack, antifemale, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing - antihumanism.” ~ Shirley Chisholm
“Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument” ~ Samuel Johnson
When women go to the Tucson Country Club, they can enter every building at the members-only golf club—except for the one everyone calls the men's grill. Some say that's gender-based… for the rest of the article click here.
And on it goes
Kenneth J. Costich II, a decorated infantry officer of the Vietnam War, has filed a claim with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office alleging discrimination by Tucson Country Club. The filing – the second pending discrimination claim against the club – alleges that as a public accommodation, the club violated his civil rights on the basis of his………….
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(correction to Golfweek article, there are three complaints pending)
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Phoenix Country Club Agrees to Stop Sex-Based Discrimination
(Phoenix, Ariz. – January 21, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the settlement of a landmark lawsuit against the Phoenix Country Club (PCC) in which the club agrees to drop all sex-based discrimination in its dining facilities.
The State’s lawsuit, filed last September, alleged that PCC violated the Arizona Civil Rights Act’s public accommodations provision prohibiting sex-based discrimination by refusing to serve women in its Men’s Grill. The suit further alleged that the club retaliated against Logan and Barbara Van Sittert when they voiced opposition to PCC’s segregation policy and filed a charge of discrimination with the Attorney General’s Office.
“During this week of celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, we are proud to eliminate one more vestige of discrimination from a bygone era,” Goddard said. “I also want to recognize the courage of Logan and Barbara Van Sittert in bringing this issue forward.”
Under the agreement, upon the reopening of its indoor dining facilities in February when extensive renovations are completed, PCC will open all of its dining facilities, including the Men’s Grill and Women’s Grill, to all members, members’ families and club guests and will not discriminate in providing any dining accommodations, advantages or privileges on the basis of sex.
PCC will also amend its internal rules to reflect this policy change and will send out a notice to its members advising that the club’s dining facilities are, without condition, open to all members, members’ families and guests and that anyone seeking to interfere with this change in policy will be in violation of club rules.
In addition, the agreement prohibits PCC from discriminating against the Van Sitterts for complaining about the sex discrimination in the Grills, for filing a charge of discrimination with the Attorney General’s Office and for assisting the Attorney General with its lawsuit.
The State’s lawsuit alleged that PCC fit the legal definition of a public accommodation. In the agreement, PCC says that it has made over recent months changes to its policies, procedures and practices to operate as a private club. The State accepts PCC’s representation that it has taken steps to operate as a private club upon its planned reopening next month.