State agency schedules hearings on Grandview discrimination complaint

David Weissman
York Dispatch
The "Grandview Five" take part in a rally at the Dover United Church of Christ featuring state Sens. Art Haywood and Vincent Hughes, both from Philadelphia, Monday, June 11, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

The state's Human Relations Commission has scheduled hearings to investigate the alleged racial discrimination that occurred at Grandview Golf Club in April.

The hearing will be held over two days — at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, and at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 22 — in York City Council chambers, 101 S. George St., according to the commission's executive director, Chad Dion Lassiter.

Each session will be concluded by 5 p.m., he added.

Lassiter pointed to a statute in the state's Human Relations Act, which gives the commission authority for hearings related to racial problems.

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"The purpose of the hearing shall be to resolve the problem promptly," the statute reads.

According to the statute, the hearing involves gathering facts from "all the interested parties" and making necessary recommendations that, if not accepted within a reasonable time, may warrant a complaint from the commission.

The investigation will cover a dispute between five black women, including York NAACP Chapter President Sandra Thompson, and officials at Grandview Golf Club in Dover Township.

The group was confronted for allegedly playing too slowly, and former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, whose son and daughter-in-law own the course, called the police on the women twice.

A video of the confrontation between two of the women and Steve's son, Jordan Chronister, has gone viral and led to national media attention for the group.

The women announced during a rally Monday, June 11, that they would be filing complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.