Hartford Elks lodge seeks new trial in case of rejected women

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An Elks lodge found to have discriminated against women is asking for a new trial.

Elks Lodge No. 1541 of Hartford says a lower court erred in barring the admission of certain evidence and in allowing an accountant to testify without identifying him as an expert witness.

In an appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court, the lodge contends that the 2005 jury trial that awarded $5,000 apiece to four women denied membership was unfair, in part because Judge Christina Reiss barred the admission of evidence showing that the lodge had accepted other women who applied after the four.

The court heard arguments yesterday. No word on when the court will rule.

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