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FCHR Order No. 10-055

Date of Release: 06/24/2010








FCHR Case No. 2009-00122



DOAH Case No. 09-4055



FCHR Order No. 10-055




Preliminary Matters

Petitioner Catherine McRath filed a complaint of discrimination pursuant to the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, Sections 509.092 and 760.01 - 760.11, Florida Statutes (2007), alleging that Respondent One Stop Food Market committed an unlawful public accommodations practice on the bases of Petitioner’s race (Black) and sex (female) in conjunction with a visit by Petitioner to Respondent’s store to purchase a cup of coffee.

The allegations set forth in the complaint were investigated, and, on June 5, 2009, the Executive Director issued his determination finding that there was reasonable cause to believe that an unlawful public accommodations practice had occurred.

Petitioner filed a Petition for Relief and the case was transmitted to the Division of Administrative Hearings for the conduct of a formal proceeding.

An evidentiary hearing was held by video teleconference at sites in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee, Florida, on October 15, 2009, before Administrative Law Judge Errol H. Powell.

Judge Powell issued a Recommended Order, dated November 13, 2009, recommending that the Commission find that an unlawful public accommodations practice occurred and recommending affirmative relief.

The Commission panel designated below considered the record of this matter and determined the action to be taken on the Recommended Order.

Findings of Fact

A transcript of the proceeding before the Administrative Law Judge was not filed with the Commission. In the absence of a transcript of the proceeding before the Administrative Law Judge, the Recommended Order is the only evidence for the Commission to consider. See National Industries, Inc. v. Commission on Human

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Relations, et al., 527 So. 2d 894, at 897, 898 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988). Accord, Hall v. Villages of West Oaks HOA, FCHR Order No. 08-007 (January 14, 2008), Beach-

Gutierrez v. Bay Medical Center, FCHR Order No. 05-011 (January 19, 2005), and Waaser v. Streit’s Motorsports, FCHR Order No. 04-157 (November 30, 2004).

We adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s findings of fact.

Conclusions of Law

We find the Administrative Law Judge’s application of the law to the facts to result in a correct disposition of the matter.

We adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s conclusions of law.


Neither party filed exceptions to the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Order.

Affirmative Relief

Through our adoption of the Administrative Law Judge’s findings of fact and conclusions of law, as set out above, we find that unlawful discrimination has occurred in this matter and have adopted the Administrative Law Judge’s recommendation for the remedy of the discrimination.

Respondent is hereby ORDERED to cease and desist from discriminating further in the manner it has been found to have unlawfully discriminated against Petitioner, as recommended by the Administrative Law Judge.

The parties have the right to seek judicial review of this Order. The Commission and the appropriate District Court of Appeal must receive notice of appeal within 30 days of the date this Order is filed with the Clerk of the Commission. Explanation of the right to appeal is found in Section 120.68, Florida Statutes, and in the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.110.

DONE AND ORDERED this 24th day of June , 2010.


Commissioner Donna Elam, Panel Chairperson;

Commissioner Joanna Cunningham; and

Commissioner Mario M. Valle

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Filed this 24th day of June , 2010,

in Tallahassee, Florida.


Violet Crawford, Clerk

Commission on Human Relations

2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 200

Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 488-7082

Copies furnished to:

Catherine McRath

Post Office Box 1702

Belle Glade, FL 33430

One Stop Food Market

c/o Lionel Darville, Esq.

1317 Southwest Avenue C

Belle Glade, FL 33430

Errol H. Powell, Administrative Law Judge, DOAH

James Mallue, Legal Advisor for Commission Panel

I HEREBY CERTIFY that a copy of the foregoing has been mailed to the above listed addressees this 24th day of June , 2010.

By: _____________________________

Clerk of the Commission

Florida Commission on Human Relations