Case of Woman’s Restaurant Bathroom Ejection Is Settled

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/case-of-womans-restaurant-bathroom-ejection-is-settled/#comments

I’ll post the first three paragraphs from the article, just to give folks a flavor of it:

A West Village restaurant where a woman was asked to leave the women’s restroom because a bouncer believed she was a man will pay the woman $35,000 and has agreed to change its workplace practices, according to a settlement [pdf] reached in the court case last week.

The woman, Khadijah Farmer, who describes herself as “not the most feminine,” had gone to the restaurant, the Caliente Cab Company, with her partner, Joelle Evans, after the Gay Pride Parade on June 24 last year, when she left the table to go to the women’s bathroom.

Ms. Farmer, who describes herself as “not the most feminine,” had gone to Caliente Cab with her partner, Joelle Evans, after the Gay Pride Parade on June 24 last year, when she left the table to go to the women’s bathroom. While she was in the bathroom, a male bouncer burst in and told her that she had to leave. Although Ms. Farmer showed her state identification, which identified her as a woman, the bouncer insisted that she leave the bathroom, and subsequently her entire group was ejected from the restaurant.

Wow, how appalling. The article said that the restaurant disagreed with the portrayal of events, so why would they agree to the settlement?

Probably economic reasons. Continuing to fight it would increase the legal costs, and that’s probably a small price compared to the cost of a boycott or even the lasting negative notoriety that might persist if the restaurant were in the news over this issue on a daily basis.

Good for her.

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