The U.S. Justice Department has filed suit against the owners of a Texas campground alleging they discriminated against Hispanics.
The lawsuit, filed Oct. 21 in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, alleges that the owners of Camp Riverview in Concan, Texas, engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against Hispanics based on their national origin and color. The lawsuit seeks a court order prohibiting the owners of the campground from engaging in discriminatory conduct and requiring them to take steps to remedy past unlawful conduct.
“No one should be denied access to a campground open to the public because of their national origin or the color of their skin,” said Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., assistant attorney general for civil rights.
Broadus Spivey, an Austin-based attorney for Camp Riverview owners Jimmy and Suzanne Meyer, told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) that the Meyers believe the discrimination complaint was filed as a retaliatory move against them because they had removed some guests who had violated campground rules and regulations. (WCM is a sister publication of RV Business and RVBUSINESS.COM.)
“I will tell you, Suzanne Meyer worked for me for about 10 years as a paralegal and receptionist and I know her and her husband, Jim, very well,” Spivey said. “They are not the type to engage in discrimination.”
Hispanics, he added, account for about 75 to 80% of Camp Riverview’s business on an ongoing basis.
The federal lawsuit was filed based on the Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion and national origin in places of public accommodation.