Wednesday, May 14, 2008
And Sometimes You Win
Lesbian, Village eatery settle lawsuit
The Associated Press
4:16 PM EDT, May 13, 2008
A popular Greenwich Village restaurant has settled a lawsuit with a lesbian who said a bouncer chased her out of the women's bathroom and forced her to leave because she looked masculine.
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund announced the settlement Tuesday on behalf of Khadijah Farmer.
The Caliente Cab Company, while denying the allegations, has agreed to pay $35,000. Caliente also will add gender identity to its non-discrimination policy; amend its employee handbook with a section on customer restroom use; adopt a gender-neutral employee dress code; and train workers on the new policies.
Farmer said the incident occurred last June 24, after she attended New York City's annual Gay Pride march.
"The Caliente Cab Company has been a prominent member of the West Village for many years," the company said in a statement.
"An enlightened attitude and progressive thinking is woven into Caliente's culture and in its efforts to promote the social welfare of all members of the community."
"Caliente, while disputing the portrayal of the events as reported by the plaintiff, is happy the matter is resolved amicably without engaging in protracted litigation," the company said. "We believe the changes implemented will serve all the members of the community well in the years to come."
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