Discrimination at a public event is illegal
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
To the Editor:
Your headline news, “Daughters without dad denied at dance,” reflected a situation waiting for an opportunity to raise its ugly head. Discrimination in any form is bad enough but combining it with a public event is illegal.
Despite the success of the event and fun had by all those allowed in, the town administrator and Milford Recreation Department can’t just “take a new look that might result in a change to policy” on public events. They have to follow state of New Hampshire laws protecting citizens from discrimination. Title XXXI, Trade and Commerce, Chapter 354-a, State Commission for Human Rights Section 354-A:17 Unlawful Discriminatory Practices in Public Accommodations. – It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person, being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place of public accommodation, because of the age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability or national origin of any person, directly or indirectly, to refuse, withhold from or deny to such person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges thereof; or, directly or indirectly, to publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail any written or printed communication, notice or advertisement to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any such place shall be refused, withheld from or denied to any person on account of age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability or national origin; or that the patronage or custom thereat of any person belonging to or purporting to be of any particular age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability or national origin is unwelcome, objectionable or acceptable, desired or solicited. In addition, no person shall be denied the benefit of the rights afforded by this section on account of that person’s sexual orientation.
Life is indeed full of disappointment, but in the case of public events, we do not have to suffer discrimination.