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Transgender Women Sue Harlem Restaurant For Discrimination

A Harlem fried chicken spot is under fire for refusing to serve a group of transgender ladies who wanted a late night bite to eat.

According to NYDailyNews, 5 trans women (1 gender non-conforming), Deja Smith, Daniele Marino, Jonovia Chase, Jahmila Adderley, and Valerie Spencer went to Texas Chicken & Burgers on Frederick Douglass Blvd where they were told that they were sold out of chicken.


“Excuse me, sir, are you blatantly ignoring me to disrespect me?” Spencer asked the cashier, who just said “Yes,” according to the suit.

Apparently Spencer accused the employees of serving others more chicken fingers than she was served and would not amend her order. Which lead to the above confrontation.

Texas Chicken & Burgers released this statement regarding the incident:

“… we are confident that the situation was caused by an honest mistake made by the employee when stating that particular food items were sold out, and not the product of any intentional discriminatory treatment as is portrayed in the video.”




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