• Years later, no payment after Elks sex suit loss
    October 17,2013

    The Associated Press

    MONTPELIER - Lawyer for four women who won a sex discrimination suit against the Hartford Elks lodge are back in court to try to collect damages awarded by a court.

    The women and the Human Rights Commission sued the Elks after seven women were denied membership to the then-all-male lodge in 1996. The Elks were ordered to pay an estimated $709,000 to victims and lawyers.

    A year earlier, the national Elks organization had abolished its requirement that restricted membership to men.

    But the Hartford Lodge said the women were denied for reasons other than gender. A jury found the lodge had violated state law by discriminating against the women because of their gender.

    The Elks have refused to pay the damage award.

    A hearing scheduled for Thursday in Montpelier.

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