“Shushed at”

Black women’s book club kicked off wine tour for being loud settles with company

A view from inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Facebook)

A group of predominantly African-American women who were kicked off of a wine tour they were taking with their book club because passengers complained that they were too loud, reached a settlement Monday in their $11 million lawsuit against the company alleging racial discrimination.

Eleven women, ten of whom are black, were taking the Napa Valley Wine Train tour in August, 2015, with their Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club when company officials told them they had to get off the train. The incident sparked a backlash on social media, to which the wine company responded online and said the women were being verbally and physically abusive. The company later removed the post, but the lawsuit alleged that it constituted defamation and libel and that two of the women had been fired from their jobs because of the post.

They filed the $11 million lawsuit in October.

“African-American adults are more likely to be shushed at, stared at, and kicked out of places where white people perceive that they do not fit,” the complaint said.

The company issued a public apology and promised to offer staff diversity training.  The terms of the settlement were not made public.

Read the full story in Reuters.

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