Transgender New Yorkers Sue Restaurant

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Transgender New Yorkers Sue After Being Denied Service At Harlem Restaurant

August 09, 2018 - 1:43 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A group of transgender New Yorkers has filed a civil rights lawsuit after being denied service in a Harlem restaurant.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, the incident happened at 3 a.m. May 27 after the plaintiffs stopped for a late-night at Texas Chicken and Burgers on West 116th Street.

“And you clearly just didn’t want to serve us,” said D. Marino, “because he just did not feel like we were human being enough to him.”

Marino and three of the five plaintiffs announced the filing of the civil rights lawsuit outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street – widely considered the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement.

Attorney Gennaro Savastano applauded their bravery.

“This sort of bravery is exactly what we need at this time, where the climate is lending itself to an air of normalizing bullying and disrespect,” Savastano said.

In response, the fast food chain said it was confident the situation was caused by an honest mistake, and not intentional discrimination.