Utah’s FOX 13 News covers the lawsuit filed by four snowboarders against Alta Ski Area and the US Forest Service.
SALT LAKE CITY – Four snowboarders and a Utah nonprofit corporation have filed a lawsuit against a Utah ski area that doesn’t allow snowboarders at the resort.
Wasatch Equality Utah and the individuals in the lawsuit filed in the United States District Court allege that Alta Ski Area violates rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
“Just because they lease the land doesn’t mean that they can go out and discriminate and say who can come here and say who can’t come here,” said Jonathan Schofield, an attorney at Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City.
Because Alta sits on U.S. Forest Service land under a special use permit, the suit alleges that resort’s policy, “excludes snowboarders from use and enjoyment of the public land on which Alta operates, unlawfully discriminates against snowboarders, and denies snowboarders equal protection under the law as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
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