Boston Nightclub Settles Racial Discrimination Complaint Involving an Event After Last November’s Harvard-Yale Football Game

Last November three black graduates of Harvard University hosted a party at the Cure Lounge in Boston after the annual Harvard-Yale football game. About 400 alumni and graduate students bought tickets for the event. But some guests were turned away at the door when employees of the club stated that a long line of black people on the street would attract “local gangbangers.”

The Massachusetts attorney general filed a lawsuit against the owner of the club. A settlement was reached in which the club agreed to send its staff to diversity training and to post an apology on its website for 30 days. In addition, the club’s owners agreed to a $30,000 fine that the state will distribute to groups that support African-American opportunities in higher education.