TRENTON, N.J. — Men-only membership policies at two Princeton University eating clubs violate state anti-discrimination laws, the state Supreme Court said Tuesday as it struck down a century-old tradition.
In a 7-0 ruling, the state's highest court ordered the Ivy Club and Tiger Inn to admit women, rejecting their arguments that they are private institutions exempt from discrimination laws.
The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by Sally Frank, who was a 19-year-old undergraduate at Princeton when she filed suit against the Ivy, Tiger and Cottage clubs in 1979. The Cottage Club has since admitted women.
The suit contended the membership policies violated the state's anti-discrimination laws.
Attorneys for the clubs argued that the law applies only to public accommodations and that the clubs are private institutions with no official connection to the Ivy League university.