Shalom Life | October 01, 2014

California Hotel Discriminated Against Jews, Court Finds

Hotel ordered to pay approximately $1 million

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: August 16th, 2012 in News » World

California Hotel Discriminated Against Jews, Court Finds

A California Superior Court ruled Wednesday that a group of young Jews were illegally discriminated against by the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner.

Tehmina Adaya, part-owner of the hotel was found to have violated California’s state law when she and members of her staff shut down a party at the hotel’s pool in July 2010, where the 18 plaintiffs had been at the time.

Most of the plaintiffs were members of the Young Leadership Division of the local chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).

The plaintiffs had alleged that Adaya made comments about her desire to remove “the [expletive] Jews” from the hotel or the pool.

The verdict was read at the end of the fifth day of the jury’s deliberation.

The jury decided that nearly all of the plaintiffs had suffered “negligent emotional distress” and “intentionally inflicted emotional distress.”

Adaya, who wasn’t in court Wednesday, was ordered along with the hotel to pay damages and statutory penalties to each individual plaintiff, in varying amounts.

Some individual plaintiffs were to receive $100,000, while the total amount awarded to the group, although not announced in court, appeared to be in excess of $1 million.

Neo-Nazi Group Distributes anti-Semitic Flyers, Wants "Jews Out of Australia" Neo-Nazi Group Distributes anti-Semitic Flyers, Wants "Jews Out of Australia" TrendingJewish Anti-Israel Group Stage Blood Bucket Challenges Around Israel [VIDEO] Jewish Anti-Israel Group Stage Blood Bucket Challenges Around Israel [VIDEO] TrendingNetanyahu Meets Beyoncé in New J Street Campaign Netanyahu Meets Beyoncé in New J Street Campaign Trending
 

If Drake, Seth Rogen or Jerry Seinfeld Auditioned for the Role of Tevye from 'Fiddler on the Roof' [VIDEO]

October 01, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
If Drake, Seth Rogen or Jerry Seinfeld Auditioned for the Role of Tevye from 'Fiddler on the Roof' [VIDEO]

Yossi Zimmerman demonstrates what it would be like if "other Jewish actors" auditioned for the classic Jewish movie

Read More

Israeli App Technology in Fight Against Ebola Virus

October 01, 2014 | By Viva Sarah Press
Israeli App Technology in Fight Against Ebola Virus

Volunteers turn to Snapp apps builder to create About Ebola information app in native African languages including Wolof, Jola, Krio and Swahili

Read More

Hilarious Israeli Comedy Troupe, Tziporela, Heads Off-Broadway

October 01, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Hilarious Israeli Comedy Troupe, Tziporela, Heads Off-Broadway

The innovative 9-member comedy ensemble has snagged a five-week run in New York

Read More

The Top 10 Life-Saving Israeli Tech Companies

September 30, 2014 | By Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels
The Top 10 Life-Saving Israeli Tech Companies

Freezing tumors with ice, creating nano-sized virus killers and helping people out of the rubble with a robotic snake is all in a day's work for these Israeli companies whose technology is helping to save many a life

Read More

The Love Jewce: Jewvangelist

September 30, 2014 | By Andria Kaplan
The Love Jewce: Jewvangelist

A look at the popular web-series that tells the story of a female rabbi in LA trying to keep her synagogue alive

Read More

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Animated in Blo Ad

September 30, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Animated in Blo Ad

The GOOP blogger has teamed up with celebrity hairstylist David Babaii

Read More

Netflix and Weinstein Co. Team Up For ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

September 30, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Netflix and Weinstein Co. Team Up For ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

This will be the streaming services first foray into feature film production.

Read More

Shatner, Nimoy to 'Star' in New Volkswagen Ads

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Shatner, Nimoy to 'Star' in New Volkswagen Ads

The 'Star Trek' actors have confirmed their involvement in the company's new campaign for the e-Golf

Read More

More Headlines