The group of African-American women who were kicked off a Napa Valley Wine Train for “laughing too loudly” have now filed an $11 million dollar racial discrimination lawsuit. The 11 women (ten of them black) were on a trip with their book club, and celebrating the birthday of one of their members. Book club member Lisa Renee Johnson called it “the most humiliating experience I ever had in my entire life.” The women believe they had been targeted by the train’s employees because of their race, and after the incident the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack took off on social media. While the organization has issued an apology, the women believe this is insufficient. At a press conference they alleged that their reputations had been ruined and two of the women had lost their jobs because of this incident. The Napa Valley Wine Train announced they were conducting their own investigation and would respond appropriately to the complaint.
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