2 companies allege discrimination against the gay community in the application of COVID rules


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Two establishments are suing the Honolulu Liquor Commission and state inspectors, accusing them of discriminating against companies that serve the gay community.

The owner of Scarlet Honolulu and the Gay Island Guide publication say several inspectors have targeted them with excessive COVID-related visits and unwarranted closings.

This is despite being fully vaccinated places.

The lawsuit also alleges that the agencies failed to investigate the harassment which their lawyer said harmed the entire LGBT community.

“Scarlet is an important place for a lot of people that they want to be able to meet and this place is targeted, they are harassed and they are closed,” said James DiPasquale, lawyer for both establishments.

“It’s not just economical. Basically you are forcing people to hide. This is absolutely unacceptable behavior and it must stop.

The lawsuit demands that inspectors be banned from running on gay establishments and that there be new training and policies on dealing with gay businesses.

HNN is asking for a response to the city and state lawsuit.

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