Owners of Mystic bakery allege race-based discrimination
MYSTIC — The owners of a local bakery have filed complaints against the town of Mystic, alleging that town employees discriminated against them because of their Iranian heritage.
Mercedeh Pourmoghadam and Massoud Kalkhoran, owners of the Lighthouse Bakery, filed complaints with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Day of New London reports that the bakery owners say police refused to arrest a tenant who had been threatening them, and allege police now follow them and park cruisers near their business as a form of intimidation.
They also allege that Zoning Enforcement Officer Candace Palmer targets minority-owned businesses, including theirs.
First Selectman George Crouse, police Capt. Todd Olson and Palmer all said they could not comment on a pending case.