Public accommodation law applies to state actor

A federal court in Massachusetts has interpreted the Massachusetts public accommodations statute to apply to a public entity, the Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority, when a traveler was denied access to a bus because of his race. Brooks v. Martha's Vineyard Transit Auth., 2020 WL 30586 (D. Mass. 2020). Government entities are included in the category of "whoever" denies access. The court also held that the Authority could be vicariously liable for the acts of its agents acting within the scope of their employment.