California Hotel Discriminated Against Jews, Court Finds
Hotel ordered to pay approximately $1 million
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.