Landlord posts 'White Only' sign on pool

Dec. 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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CINCINNATI, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A Cincinnati landlord is being accused of discrimination after posting a sign on a gate on her property reading, "Public Swimming Pool, White Only."

Jamie Hein told ABC News the sign was there as a historical artifact.

"I don't have any problem with race at all. It's a historical sign," Hein said.

She also pointed out the pool is on her property and thus not public so "everybody has to ask before getting in my pool."

A tenant on one of Hein's properties, Michael Gunn, filed a discrimination charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. In Gunn's complaint, he said he invited his daughter to visit and take a swim in the pool during Memorial Day weekend.

"The owner, Jamie Hein, accused my daughter of making the pool 'cloudy' because she used chemicals in her hair," Gunn said.

Gunn said Hein posted the sign days later.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission found on Sept. 29 that Hein violated the Ohio Civil Rights act in posting the sign. She has asked the commission to reconsider the decision.

"If I have to stick up for my white rights, I have to stick up for my white rights. It goes both ways," she said.

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