Couple fined for swimming together wins lawsuit against a Orthodox-Jewish neighborhood

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a condominium’s gender-segregated pool time policy discriminated against women at the predominantly Orthodox Jewish Lakewood community.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found in favor of a trio of owners at A Country Place who sued after they were each fined $50 by their condominium association for using the pool when the association’s rules said they could not.

The rules established separate swimming times for men and women, a policy in deference to the modesty principles held by Orthodox Jewish residents, who made up two-thirds of the association’s residents at the time of the 2016 lawsuit.

Diana and Steve Lusardi and Marie Curto argued in their lawsuit that the association’s policy violated a federal law that prohibits housing discrimination based on a person’s sex.

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