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Federal Trial Set For March In Seven Bridges Delray Discrimination Case

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Homeowner Deborah LaGrasso Accused Previous Board Of Directors Of Religious Discrimination. With Trial Set, Two Members Of That Board Running For Office Again.

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BY: LITIGATION DESK | BocaNewsNow.com

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The federal discrimination case against the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association is now set for trial on March 3, 2023, after a year-long delay. The high-profile case pits a Christian homeowner against what she claims was a discriminatory board of directors that sided with a Jewish homeowner after an alleged incident on the community’s tennis courts.

Homeowner Deborah LaGrasso, who filed suit back in 2020, is seeking $7M from the community. While certain elements of the complaint have been dismissed over the past two years, Federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman has not dismissed the entire claim.

From our reporting on June 25th, 2021: “The ongoing lawsuit stems from allegations made by Seven Bridges Homeowner Deborah LaGrasso that several members of the Seven Bridges women’s tennis league verbally assaulted her children while playing tennis on the community’s tennis courts. 

LaGrasso was accused of physically attacking one of the women, although there is no video evidence that proves whether or not a physical altercation took place. Video of the incident appears, below. The incident led to sanctions against LaGrasso by the HOA. Several months later, after LaGrasso is believed to have posted her opinions about the HOA on an anonymous Facebook page, LaGrasso and Seven Bridges homeowner Rachel Tannenholz allegedly made derogatory comments about the other on social media. The HOA once again sanctioned LaGrasso, including for writing anti-Semitic and derogatory comments online. When LaGrasso complained to the HOA about Tannenholz, however, the Board of Directors did not sanction her. Among the complaints allegedly ignored by the Board: LaGrasso’s claim that Tannenholz told her to move to a community that isn’t primarily Jewish. The sanctions imposed: $5,000 and a year-long ban from using amenities in the Seven Bridges community.”

Video of the alleged incident that instigated the federal lawsuit.

Claims against Tannenholz were dismissed, leaving the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association as the only defendant. The board of directors in place at the time of the alleged discrimination is no longer in office, although two members at the time are now seeking positions again — former president Larry Orbach and attorney George Kramer.

Their depositions, obtained by BocaNewsNow.com, appear below. We note that a lawsuit is only an allegation, and that individual board members are rarely individually accountable for actions that lead to a lawsuit against a community. There is no claim against specific individuals in this case. We publish the depositions to offer insight into how any community’s board of directors might respond to a federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination.

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Read our previous coverage of the Seven Bridges Federal Lawsuit here.

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