Jury finds Muslim hotel owner guilty of discrimination against Jewish group

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A screenshot of the Shangri-La hotel, where the owner allegedly discriminated against a Jewish group's charity event.

A jury says a Muslim hotel owner discriminated against a Jewish group during a Southern California poolside charity event,

The case was brought by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, who had gathered two years ago at Santa Monica's ocean-view Hotel Shangri-LA.

According to the Los Angeles Times, that hotel workers were acting on hotel owner Tehmina Adaya's orders told the group to remove literature and banners and to get out of the pool. Adaya is a Muslim of Pakistani descent.

The jury determined Wednesday that the hotel and Adaya violated California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which bars hotels and other business from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, color or religion.

The jury awarded more than $1.2 million in damages to the plaintiffs. Punitive damages will be determined Thursday.

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