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Honolulu LGBTQ nightclub files federal discrimination suit

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HONOLULU (AP) — A federal lawsuit says the Honolulu Liquor Commission and the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is discriminating against a Honolulu LGBTQ nightclub and its community.

The owners of nightclub Scarlet Honolulu said in the lawsuit filed Monday that investigators with the agencies have a history of harassment and discrimination against the business and employees.

The lawsuit named four specific investigators that have allegedly targeted the nightclub for unfounded inspections and violations.

The Honolulu Liquor Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The state Attorney General’s office said they had not been served with the complaint and had not reviewed the lawsuit. 

Krishna Jayaram, First Deputy with the Department of the Corporation Counsel, issued the following statement on the lawsuit:

“Discrimination has no place in government and Mayor Blangiardi is committed to ensuring that everyone can fully exercise and enjoy their rights as members of our community. The Blangiardi administration has referred past concerns raised by Scarlet Honolulu to entities with the authority to investigate the allegations made. We are reviewing this complaint carefully, will engage with the Honolulu Liquor Commission, and if necessary will take additional internal actions as appropriate.”

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