Napa Valley Wine Train lawsuit settled 11 million

Book Club Booted From Napa Valley Wine Train Settles $11 Million Lawsuit

Now… they’re laughing all the way to the bank!

The beautiful ladies of Sistahs on the Reading Edge book club have settled their $11 million racial discrimination lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Last August, the women were booted from a train while touring the winery because they were laughing too loudly. The incident made national headlines and they clapped back with a multi-million lawsuit.

Via The NY Times:

One of the women, Lisa Johnson, of Antioch, Calif., said Wednesday that she could not discuss financial details of the settlement that was reached through private mediation last Thursday with the company, the Napa Valley Wine Train. “The matter was resolved on terms acceptable to all parties last week,” Ms. Johnson said.

The group of 11 women, 10 of them black and one white, filed the lawsuit two months after the episode in August, when the group was escorted off the train for laughing and talking too loudly, then met by police officers at the station where they disembarked. The confrontation went viral and inspired the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack, where people shared stories of racial bias, particularly that encountered while traveling. The group sought $11 million in damages from the company after two of the women claimed they had lost their jobs as a result of the fallout, The San Jose Mercury News reported.

The ladies are now ready to put the incident behind them and go shopping.

Since the news of the settlement has gone public, Ms. Johnson, an author and life coach, said there has been an outpouring of support on social media and they have received countless requests to join their book club.

I bet!

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