Women Kicked Off Wine Train Settle Suit
A group of mostly Black women who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train has settled the case for an undisclosed amount, CBS News reports.
Attorney Waukeen McCoy, who represented the group, said the two parties reached a settlement last week.
The 11 women, 10 Black and one white, had gathered on the train for their book club meeting in August. But before the train left the Napa station, a train employee asked them to quiet down because they were offending other passengers.
They were escorted off of the train once it reached St. Helena into a dirt lot where police were waiting, the lawsuit states. The women sought $11 million in damages.
Days after the incident, the company’s CEO issued an apology.
“The Napa Valley Wine Train was 100 percent wrong in its handling of this issue,” CEO Anthony “Tony” Giaccio said in a statement. “We accept full responsibility for our failures and for the chain of events that led to this regrettable treatment of our guests.”