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N.J. Country Club Sued For Gender Discrimination

Plainfield Country Club Did Not Respond To Requests For Comment
Plainfield Country Club (credit: plainfieldcc.com)

Plainfield Country Club (credit: plainfieldcc.com)

EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A discrimination lawsuit has been filed against the Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J.

Former members Joseph and Liza Garrubbo claim in the suit that they lost most of their privileges at the club because they pushed for gender equality.

“Fathers can take their sons on Sunday morning and have the prime tee times while that same husband cannot take his spouse,” the couple’s attorney Andrew Watson told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.

The Garrubbos said there’s a section at the club called the Men’s Grille.

The suit alleges Joseph Garrubbo was forced off the board of trustees and that Liza Garrubbo was essentially kicked out of the club, Putney reported.

The couple has filed its gender discrimination suit in state court.

“This law, the New Jersey law against discrimination was amended and I believe it was under the Whitman administration to address this very situation, where you have this scourge of discrimination at even a private facility such as the Plainfield Country Club,” said Watson. “It’s really bringing this country club into the 21st century, which they tried to do and thought they were going through the appropriate process to do and when they do so, they faced this retaliation.”

A phone message and an email to the country club went unanswered.

The Plainfield Country Club played host to The Barclays golf tournament in 2011 and will host the event again in 2015.

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