FFRF successfully ended a discount extended exclusively to church-goers by Aleathea’s Restaurant in Cape May, N.J. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell, contacted by a concerned customer, advised the restaurant to drop the discriminatory practice in a Oct. 10 letter:
“Your restaurant’s restrictive promotional practice favors religious customers, and denies both customers who do not attend church as well as nonbelievers the right to ‘full and equal’ enjoyment of Aleathea’s. Any promotions should be available to all customers regardless of religious preference or practice on a non-discriminatory basis.”
Cavell indicated that such a discount violates New Jersey state law and the Civil Rights Act, which ensures equal opportunity to “goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations…”
The owner confirmed on Dec. 2 that the restaurant dropped the discount.