In Sweden, a family has found itself reported to Parliament for its violations of anti-discrimination laws. The offense? It’s eight-year-old boy failed to invite two children to his birthday party. It is still unclear whether the “goodie bags” will raise any additional legal questions, but party counsel has been hired for the occasion.
The family was reported by the school in Lund when it learned that two boys from the class had been conspicuously omitted from the invitations. They declared the omissions to be discriminatory. Presumably, the uninvited families should be able to sue in tort and seek appropriate injunctive relief.
The boy’s father explained that one of the boys did not invite his son to his birthday and other boy has had a falling out. What I do not understand is why the decision to invite only other eight year olds is not a case of age discrimination. Obviously, this is a family of Swedish Bull Connors — all they need are some German Shepherds and fire hoses to perfect the event.
A verdict is expected in September. With appeals, the boy is expected to be able to have the party in 2018.
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