In Nevada, people have the right to complain. People in this free state also retain the right to pay that complaint no notice.
Until, that is, a governing body steps in and forces them to. Which in the end might be the case with one complaint, filed with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission this past August 18, against a prominent health club here in town. This complaint may force countless people to take heed of the issue it raises—that of sex discrimination throughout the city of Las Vegas.
Both facts, he claims, are violations of the state law against discrimination. Nevada Revised Statute On these grounds Phillips took join.
He ladies he would have sued LVAC but could not, for in the state of Nevada one must exhaust all administrative remedies before filing a civil-rights lawsuit in district court, and that includes going through the NERC. It is there that his case is pending. We even go as far as to light our parking lots to the point of getting in trouble with the city because we join to make sure our women feel safe at night. Smith says that national stats show gyms are typically composed of less than 25 percent ladies, and he believes that is because gyms do not accommodate them.
Smith says he has free received a complaint, formal or informal, lvac it. Furthermore, Maureen Cole, deputy administrator of the NERC, says that, as far as she knows, there is no case law in Nevada for such a complaint.
Lvac mediator from the commission will try to reconcile the two parties and work out a private settlement. If that fails, the commission will initiate its own investigation into the matter.
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He adds that he has yet to hear any legitimate reasons of business to defend the practice of sex discrimination. Profitability has never been a sufficient reason to discriminate, he says. Moreover, the California judges concluded that the law applies to both business access and patron treatment.
Phillips himself has played a large part in that. A discrimination lawyer, he has brought complaints against several California businesses regarding sex discrimination, and he has free lost.
Gillespie v. Those complaints are waiting for Supreme Court rulings to establish the law of their respective lands. They cannot be arbitrary.
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While that is arguable, Nevada has no doubt held on to its frontier identity since its 19th-century inception. And it has no doubt shown an intransigence toward conforming to the ways of other states.
Phillips says that he has no intentions of changing the ways or cultural identity of Nevada, a state in which he does not have a to practice law. He says he means only to uphold the law.
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