Discrimination complaint filed against shelter’s attorney

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ABOVE: Attorney Kevin Clarkson who will represent the Downtown Hope Center. Photo courtesy of Brena, Bell and Clarkson Attorney Law Firm’s website.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A discrimination complaint was filed against an Anchorage attorney who is defending a homeless shelter from a discrimination complaint.

KTUU-TV reports attorney Kevin Clarkson is representing the Downtown Hope Center after Samantha Coyle filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission in February, claiming it refused her entry because of her gender identity.

Pamela Basler, the commission executive director, filed a complaint against the attorney in May, claiming he had been “identified as the source of statements and information, published in various printed media sources, which implied or stated that transgender individuals would not be allowed to be `sheltered'” at the center.

Clarkson has denied having any business connection with the center and argued that he never sought media attention while representing his client.

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