Senator Vincent Hughes is working with the “Grandview 5” to hold golf club ownership responsible for an incident of discrimination that made national news.

The incident involved five African American women who said they were discriminated against based on their race or gender: Sandra Thompson, Myneca Ojo, Sandra Harrison, Carolyn Dow and Karen Crosby. They were playing golf on Abril 21 at Grandview Golf Club in Dover Township when they say club ownership and staff told them they were not playing fast enough and called police.

“I will not stand by and watch people be discriminated against for any reason,” Senator Hughes said. “Pennsylvanians do not tolerate the behavior we saw at Grandview and we must thoroughly investigate any instance of discrimination. We can’t let this story die and we have to keep pressure on the golf course and local officials.”

The Pennsylvania Human Relations has also announced it has approved an investigatory hearing into a reported incident of discrimination at Grandview Golf Course in York County.

Senator Hughes was joined by Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Anthony Williams (D-Delaware/Philadelphia), Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny), John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe), Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery), Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia), James Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), and Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester) all of whom endorsed the letter, which called for $1 million in additional funding to the Commission.

El aumento de la financiación permitiría a la Comisión aumentar su personal y le ayudaría a investigar con prontitud las denuncias recibidas. Los demócratas del Senado pidieron recientemente financiación para combatir el acoso sexual y la discriminación en el lugar de trabajo como parte del presupuesto 2018-2019 de la Comisión.