Black Women booted from Napa Wine train settle lawsuit

Apr 18, 2016 9:42 PM by News Staff

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.

The group's attorney, Waukeen McCoy, told the San Jose Mercury News 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 that before the train left the station in Napa, a train employee asked them to quiet down because they were offending other passengers.

They went for a day of sipping wine and enjoying the scenery and each other’s company but quickly found themselves singled out by staff for being too loud and bothering other guests.

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

The women sought $11 million in damages.


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