Boston American Legion post pays penalty for racial bias

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BOSTON >> The Massachusetts attorney general says an American Legion post in Boston has agreed to a $15,000 penalty to resolve allegations of racial bias at an event last year.

As part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Post 76 in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood will require staff to attend training on state and federal laws that bar discrimination based on race, religion and other factors.

Authorities say a black woman hired the veterans' organization's hall last year for her daughter's 16th birthday party. Workers allegedly refused to host the party, suggested guests were armed gang members, searched a photographer's bag thinking he may have a gun, and made derogatory comments about minorities.

The post's lawyer called it a "singular event" and noted that the post frequently rents to minorities without problems.


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