Cure Lounge today signed a consent settlement that ends a state investigation into the way it shut a post-Game party by black Harvard graduates in November, the state Attorney General's office announced.
The consent settlement requires the club to pay a $30,000 fine, send its workers to anti-discrimination workshops and issue this statement:
The owners, managers and employees of Cure Lounge wish to extend our deepest apologies to all of those affected, both directly and indirectly, by the unfortunate events that occurred on the evening of November 20, 2010. Cure Lounge further apologizes for the statements made on its behalf by its public relations group in the days following the event. Those statements were uninformed and in no way reflect the values or beliefs of the owners, managers, and employees of Cure Lounge. Cure Lounge does not tolerate racism. Cure Lounge will abide with all of the conditions requested by the Attorney General and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Cure Lounge will do everything in its power to ensure that the events of November 20 will not be repeated.
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley praised the settlement:
Discrimination has no place in 2011 Boston and episodes like this do serious damage to the city’s brand. At a time of historic fiscal challenges, Boston’s venues should be inviting, engaging and welcoming for every resident and visitor.