Black Women’s Book Club Wins $11 Million Lawsuit Against Napa Valley Wine Train
A Black women’s book club group were harshly removed from a California vineyard tour after white patrons accused them of being too loud on their train ride. According to Reuters reports:
Eleven women have reached a settlement with a California wine train company they sued for $11 million for racial discrimination after they were kicked off the train for being too loud, their lawyer said on Monday.
Members of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club came to an “amicable settlement” with the Napa Valley Wine Train company on Thursday, six months after filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Northern California, their attorney Waukeen McCoy said.
“We hope that other businesses learn from this case and implement diversity and sensitivity training for employees,” McCoy said in an email to Reuters.
McCoy did not disclose the terms of the settlement.
The 11 women, 10 of whom are African-American, were ordered off the vintage train on Aug. 22 after other passengers complained the group was too loud. The expulsion sparked widespread anger on social media.
The controversy unfolded as the United States grapples with persistent issues of racism and discrimination following high-profile police killings of unarmed black men over the last two years, which triggered waves of protest and a renewed civil rights movement under the banner of “Black Lives Matter.”
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