Ohio panel sticks to 'White Only' pool sign ruling


This June 9, 2011, photo provided by Michael Gunn, shows a "white only" sign posted on the gate to a swimming pool at a duplex in Cincinnati where Gunn lived. Gunn's daughter, who is black, was denied access to the pool by Jamie Hein, the duplex landlord. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has found that Hein violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by prohibiting Gunn's daughter from swimming in the pool in early May, 2011. (AP Photo)

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:19 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A state civil rights commission won't reconsider its decision that a Cincinnati landlord discriminated against a black girl by posting a "White Only" sign at a swimming pool.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission voted 4-0 Thursday to uphold original finding. There was no discussion.

The panel found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at a pool at the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents.

Hein, who is white, has repeatedly declined to comment and didn't attend the hearing. She earlier told the commission's housing enforcement director that she was trying to protect her assets.

The girl's father said in brief comments Thursday that seeing the sign left him with feelings of "shock, disgust and outrage."

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