Pa. commission finds probable cause of racism, sexism in Grandview Golf Club incident

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Two years after an incident on a local golf course put York County in the national spotlight, state human relations investigators say they have found probable cause of racism and sexism in the Grandview Golf Course case, according to parties in the case. 

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has set a concilation hearing for 10 a.m. Feb. 11 in Harrisburg. 

Steve Chronister, the former county commissioner who called 911 twice on five black women he said were golfing too slowly and not following club rules, wants the private hearing to be open to the press.

“I want people to know that this is corruption at its finest by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission,” Chronister said. 

Chronister said he was treated unfairly by the commission from the beginning, starting with its executive director posing for photos with the women outside of a hearing in York in June 2018. He said the commission has ignored discrepancies he pointed out in the women’s hearing testimony. 

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The commission had no response to Chronister’s claims on Thursday and would not answer any of the York Daily Record’s questions about the case. 

“I can’t talk about Grandview,” said Chad Dion Lassiter, the executive director of the commission. 

Chronister and his son, Jordan, who owns the golf course, are ordered to be at the hearing along with the Grandview Five, now the Grandview Four.

Carolyn Dow did not amend the original complaint to keep the legal process moving. She did not immediately respond to questions about why she has dropped out of the case.

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Karen Crosby, Carolyn Dow, Sandra Harrison and Sandra Thompson talk about how their lives have changed since the Grandview incident eight months ago. York Daily Record

The other four women — Karen Crosby, Sandra Harrison, Myneca Ojo and Sandra Thompson — have continued to fight against what they describe as sexism and racial discrimination. 

Crosby and Harrison said they are happy with the state’s finding of probable cause.

“I believe the decision by the Pennsylvania HRC has opened the path towards closure,” Crosby said.

The other women did not immediately respond to questions about the case. 

Human Relations commissioners have ordered the Chronisters to do six things in response to their probable cause determination: 

  • Compensate all four women for costs associated with the complaint
  • A 1-year extension of their golf memberships at Grandview
  • Free golf lessons
  • All managers and owners to take discrimination training provided by the commission
  • Establish a policy outlining which scenarios are appropriate for calling non-emergency police and who authorizes it
  • Document all complaints of discrimination or someone being treated differently and send the information quarterly to the commission

Nearly everyone involved in the case that started on April 21, 2018, agrees it has been a long, frustrating process. 

The case has been a series of public hearings, town halls, incremental mediation sessions, public comments and a lot of paperwork. It has caused divisions among their families and friends.

The story is developing. Check back for updates.

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