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Prominent Hotel Charged with Discriminating Against Jews, Suit Filed

A complaint charging the Homestead, resort hotel in Hot Springs, Va., with unlawful discriminatory practice” was field today with the New York State Commission Against Discrimination. Mrs. David Kaplan, of New York, accused the Homestead one of the nation’s prominent resorts, of having rejected her request for reservations solely because of my being of the Jewish faith.”

Mrs. Kaplan charged that the alleged discrimination violated New York’s anti-bias law because her application and its rejection were processed through the Homesteads New York booking office. In her complaint, she says that last April 12 she applied for reservations for herself and her husband. Five days later, she says, a letter of rejection was sent her by the president of the Homestead with the explanation we have a very large clientele which returns year after year, and as our bookings stand today we have no space available for the summer.”

However, affidavits submitted by Mrs. Kaplan with her complaint show that a request for reservations similar to hers and made later the same day by another person was accepted and confirmed by the hotel.

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