Pennsylvania Swim Club Accused of Racial Discrimination Agrees to Settlement
A group of Hispanic and African American children are finally getting the payback they deserve. The group of minority children claimed they were kicked out of a swim club in Pennsylvania because of the color of their skin. Anna Kooiman reported that after three years of fighting for what’s being called a civil rights issue, dozens of kids who were at a Philadelphia-based day camp who were asked not to come back to the swim club, are set to be awarded over one million dollars.
The Creative Steps camp paid $1,950 to use the Huntingdon Valley Club pool back in June 2009. The camp director says that some of the campers alleged hearing racial slurs coming from club members and a few days later, the club canceled the camp’s contract and refunded its money. The swim club claims
it was because of safety concerns and that there were not enough lifeguards for all the campers.
The Valley Club filed for bankruptcy after the allegations and sold for $1.46 million dollars. If the recent agreement is approved by a Pennsylvania bankruptcy court, the children involved will share the proceeds and the minors involved will receive the money from a trust fund when they turn 18 years old.