A Muslim hotel owner in Southern California discriminated against a group of Jewish Los Angeles young adults, a jury found on August 15, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports today (August 17, 2012).
A jury in Santa Monica Superior Court found that Tehmina Adaya -- the owner of the Hotel Shangri-La in that city -- discriminated against the nonprofit Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
On July 11, Adaya abruptly ended a pool party that had been approved by members of the hotel's management in advance. She allegedly yelled, "Get those (expletive deleted) Jews out of my pool," according to testimony.
Adaya and her hotel were found to have violated the state's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which bars hotels and businesses from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, color, or religion. The jury awarded the Friends of the IDF more than $1.2 million in damages.