Two Howard University students are suing Alpha Kappa Alpha for hazing them, and for not admitting them into the sorority.
Their allegations seem to hinge around their “legacies”; i.e. their mothers having been AKA members. They say they should have been among the first inducted because of their familial status. The young ladies allege it was for this reason that they were not inducted.
Meanwhile, the AKAs contend that the plaintiffs were not admitted because of a cap on new sisters.
How is any of this a violation of human rights law? The aspiring sisters say they’re being discriminated against because, as legacies, their mothers were also in the sorority. In other words, they’re being treated differently because of their “familial status”—a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act. In addition to monetary damages, the would-be Alpha Kappa Alphas want the court to grant an injunction putting the pledging process on hold.
The lawsuit also names Howard University as a defendant on the grounds that they did not protect students who did not want to be hazed.
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