Philadelphia-Area Swim Club Settles Discrimination Case

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, August 16. MORE than three years after news first broke about alleged discrimination at the Valley Club of Montgomery County, the club and the Department of Justice has settled the case.

Initial reports stated that the Valley Club had canceled a contract with the day camp Creative Steps, Inc., that primarily services minority campers from kindergarten to seventh grade. The camp had previously rented time at the Valley Club to include swimming in its day camp schedule. Shortly after first using the club, Creative Steps, Inc., received a refund check and note that club members did not want the children using their pool. The club claimed that there weren't enough lifeguards on duty.

Today's settlement “resolves federal, state and private complaints filed against the Valley Club.” The club had already filed bankruptcy after these claims first emerged, before a Philadelphia synagogue purchased the club for $1.5 million according to the Associated Press.

The AP also reports that camp lawyers have stated that up to $1.1 million could be shared among the 73 plaintiffs in the case.

Full AP article.

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