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Human relations commission sets hearing date on Grandview incidentGolfers plan to file charges with state, federal commission

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The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has set a hearing date of June 21 and 22 to investigate a incident that took place in April at Grandview Golf Club in York County.

The hearing will be open to the public and take place in the York City Council Chambers at 1 p.m., June 21, and the next day at 9:30 a.m., said the commission’s executive director Chad Lassiter.

The state’s human relations commission enforces laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, education, housing, commercial property, and public accommodations, he said.  Lassiter also noted that an expert witness will be in attendance to discuss implicit bias.

The York Daily Record, meanwhile, reported Tuesday that the women will be filing charges with the state commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

On April 21, management at Grandview called the police on Sandra Thompson, 50, Myneca Ojo, 56; Karen Crosby, 58; and sisters Sandra Harrison, 59, and Carolyn Dow, 56, asking them to leave. The women had been previously told by management that they were playing golf too slowly.

Thompson, an attorney and president of the York chapter of the NAACP, said in a previous interview with CPBJ that she and fellow golfers were keeping pace and that the incident was more of a case of racial discrimination as she and the other four golfers were the only African-Americans on the course at the time.

Since then, the incident has garnered national attention and multiple calls from state lawmakers for investigations.

On Tuesday, the women, referred to as "The Grandview 5" appeared in the Senate Democratic Caucus Room in Harrisburg for a news conference.

State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin County, recapped the April 21 event and offered support for the women.

"We had white people behind them that can justify them that they weren’t going too slowly. This is 2018. Why can’t we believe them for who they are?" she said. "We had to get an outsider to justify them to cut through the stereotype that these women were doing something wrong. This shouldn’t happen in Pennsylvania. This shouldn’t happen in the United States. This shouldn’t happen in 2018."

A golf course representative was not immediately available for comment this morning. 

 

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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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