Shangri-La Hotel in discrimination case

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

A well-known luxury hotel chain is facing a court case over claims that it pulled the plug on a charity party in aid of an Israeli charity.

The event, a pool party earlier this month at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica, California, was being held to raise money for the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces organisation. The charity helps the children of fallen IDF soldiers to go to summer camps.

But according to the group, who are now suing the hotel, its owner, Tehmina Adaya, called off the party before it was finished when she discovered for whom it was being held.

According to the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Ms Adaya, said to be a Pakistani-born Muslim, became "exceedingly" angry after finding out the nature of the party, and swore about it.

The plaintiffs are claiming discrimination, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, for which they are seeking £600,000 damages.

Last updated: 2:55pm, July 31 2012