Three of the five African-American women who were asked to leave the Grandview Golf Club in Dover Township have filed complaints of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Attorneys for the woman said the complaints were filed to “send a message that it is unacceptable to target anyone based on gender or race.”
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission last month approved an investigatory hearing related to the April 21 incident. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) had asked the commission to investigate.
“We want to make sure that this gets as much if not more attention, so we can get everybody to understand the injustice that occurred there and drive the change from that,” Hughes said during a Tuesday news conference with the women.
The women, who were members of the club, say a club representative approached them at the second hole and told them they were playing too slowly, which they deny. After the ninth hole, the group says they were told they were taking too long of a break and needed to leave.
Police were called when some of the women refused to leave the club. No one was charged.
Grandview Golf Club did not return a call for comment. It previously said that it typically asks slow players to leave the course, and most members usually leave after the request.
The club has said it called the police “to ensure an amicable result” because the woman wouldn’t leave.