Muslim businessman accuses yacht club of discrimination

HARTFORD, Conn. – A Muslim businessman and his wife are suing a Connecticut yacht club on allegations club board members rejected their membership application last year because of their religion and falsely claimed they supported terrorism.

Kamran Farid (CAM’-ran far-EED’) is a co-founder the fruit bouquet business Edible Arrangements. He and his wife, Kara, sued the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford in state court in August, alleging discrimination, racism and bigotry. They’re seeking a court order for the club to stop discriminating, undisclosed damages and a suspension of the club’s liquor permit.

Club officials and their lawyer did not return messages seeking comment. Farid’s lawyer says club officials deny the allegations.

Farid and his family now live most of the year in Reunion, Florida, but spend summers at their Branford home.