Diversity in America: Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission launches racial discrimination investigation

NAACP requests investigation following Montgomery County swimming pool incident

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Chairperson Stephen A. Glassman announced today that the commission would launch an immediate investigation into allegations of racial discrimination against the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County, after a recent incident in which African-American and Hispanic day campers were asked to leave the club’s pool.

“The rule of law in Pennsylvania is equal opportunity for all, regardless of race,” Glassman said.  “Based on the NAACP’s request and public outcry following media reports, we will expedite an investigation to determine whether there has been illegal discrimination.”

The commission has legal authority to investigate allegations of illegal discrimination, whether or not a complaint has been filed.

“Allegedly, this group was denied the use of a pool based on their race,” Glassman said. “If the allegations prove to be true, this is illegal discrimination in Pennsylvania.”

“Protests and public outcry won’t do much to help these families,” said State NAACP President J. Whyatt Mondesire, who also serves on the commission. “But the Human Relations Commission can determine the facts and hold people accountable for any illegal acts of discrimination.  The law simply does not allow discrimination based on race.”