Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train settle $11M discrimination lawsuit

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Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train settle $11M discrimination lawsuit
Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train settle $11M discrimination lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of mostly black women who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train have settled the case for an undisclosed amount.

LAUGHING-WHILE-BLACK-PKG---00002626The group’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday the two parties reached a settlement last week. He says the settlement amount is confidential.

The 11 women, 10 black and one white, said they had gathered on the train to discuss a romance novel. But before the train left the station in Napa, a train employee asked them to quiet down because they were offending other passengers, the women said.

When the train reached St. Helena, they were escorted off the train into a dirt lot where police were waiting, according to the lawsuit.

The women sought $11 million in damages.

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