And mistakes like this one can be expensive:
A popular restaurant has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle 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 Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund ….Gad.
The Caliente Cab Company, while denying the allegations, also agreed to add gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy, amend its employee handbook with a section on customer restroom use and adopt a gender-neutral employee dress code.
The old “sensitivity training” rigamorale.
Farmer said the confrontation at the Greenwich Village eatery occurred June 24 after she attended New York City’s annual Gay Pride march.
According to a story from last year, the bouncer accosted her in the bathroom after a woman who saw her going in complained. She tried to show the bouncer her ID:
The bouncer refused to believe that Farmer was a woman even after she emerged from the stall and attempted to show him her driver’s license, she said.
“He totally dismissed that,” she said, adding that the bouncer told her “he wanted me out of his bathroom and restaurant.”
Farmer was then led out of the restaurant – and her friends were made to pay the bill for their abbreviated meal, she said.
It sounds like the bouncer thought he had a pervert on his hands, and just wanted him out.
Look. It’s really simple. If you’re a chick…dress like one if you want to be able to use public restrooms. If you look like a dude when you enter a women’s restroom you are going to alarm people. That is not their fault. That is your fault. Same thing applies with cross dressing guys. I’m surprised we haven’t seen more cases like these.
Am I the only one who is getting sick of people behaving inappropriately in public, and expecting everyone to just suck it up, or else?
Hat tip: Crime Scene KC