Monday, December 19, 2011

Everyone’s a little bit racist?

According to CNN, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission is reviewing the case of a Columbus landlord who has a little problem with African Americans swimming in her building’s pool. Worse, she expressed her opinion via this poolside sign, which reads, “White Only.”


In her defense, the landlord said that she has to “stick up” for her “white rights.” I’m not sure what other reaction I can have to this story other than this:

In all seriousness, there are some cases you just can’t do much about. People are who they are. I once had a racial harassment case in which the accused harasser dropped n-bombs like Braylon Edwards drops passes. Our job as management-side employment lawyers is to know when it's best to go for it and when it’s best to punt. It’s safe to say that I think this Columbus landlord made the wrong decision.

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