Lesbian chased out of NYC bathroom settles suit

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- A popular restaurant has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit with a lesbian who said a bouncer chased her out of the women's bathroom and forced her to leave because she looked masculine.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund announced the settlement Tuesday on behalf of Khadijah Farmer.

The Caliente Cab Company, while denying the allegations, also agreed to add gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy, amend its employee handbook with a section on customer restroom use and adopt a gender-neutral employee dress code.

Farmer said the confrontation at the Greenwich Village eatery occurred June 24 after she attended New York City's annual Gay Pride march.

"We believe the changes implemented will serve all the members of the community well in the years to come," the company said in a news release.

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