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Saturday, January 19, 2019

DC restaurant fined $7k for questioning transgender activist who used women's restroom

Washington, D.C., restaurant Cuba Libre has been hit with a $7,000 fine after questioning a transgender activist who used its women's restroom and a manager tried to insist the patron show identification proving to be female.

What are the details?

On June 22, Charlotte Clymer went to the restaurant to attend a bachelorette party for a friend. Clymer identifies as a woman and made the transition from being a man in November 2017.
According to Clymer's account of the June incident to MetroWeekly, when she went to use the women's restroom at Cuba Libre, an employee stopped her and asked for her to show identification. Clymer refused and used the women's facility. Upon exiting, she was approached by the same employee and a manager who insisted that, according to D.C. law, a person must be designated as a "female" on their ID in order to use a women's restroom in the city.
Clymer — who works in communications for the LGBT advocacy groupHuman Rights Campaign — argued that she was, indeed, protected under D.C. law and pulled the legislation up on her phone. The next day, Clymer claimed via social media that she had been "forcibly removed from the restaurant."
Clymer used her Twitter platform to stress the alleged hostility of the Cuba Libre manager and explained that she felt compelled to expose the "violent nature" of the incident in hopes that it would prevent discrimination against other transgender individuals who might not have her level of privilege.
Another person at the restaurant who identifies and presents as non-binary but assigned "female" at birth was also requested to show an ID on Friday night. No one else. The restaurant blatantly lied to police about asking to see the IDs of all patrons using the restroom.
I cannot stress enough the intentionality of this incident. The manager was hostile, condescending, and hateful. And my biggest fear is that this will happen again to someone without my privilege. Someone who's not white, doesn't have a wide network, doesn't know the law, etc.
I cannot stress enough the intentionality of this incident. The manager was hostile, condescending, and hateful. And my biggest fear is that this will happen again to someone without my privilege. Someone who's not white, doesn't have a wide network, doesn't know the law, etc.
So, this weekend, I have tried my best to articulate this story and communicate the violent nature of what took place on Friday night while also trying to be present for my friends and what was meant to be a celebratory weekend with girlfriends.
Clymer hired a law firm to represent her in filing a civil rights complaint against the restaurant, prompting an investigation from D.C.'s office of the attorney general.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday that the restaurant had violated the District's Human Rights Act by failing to have a written policy ensuring compliance "with regard to restroom facilities" and "did not provide adequate training to employees." The restaurant was issued a fine, ordered to implement new training for staff, and has agreed to "post clear signage that, under D.C. law, everyone is allowed to use the restroom that matches their gender identity or expression."
Discrimination has no place in .

We've reached a settlement with Cuba Libre that reforms the restaurant's policies and protects transgender residents after an employee tried to unlawfully block a transgender resident from using a bathroom that matches her gender identity.
As part of the settlement, Cuba Libre must:

* Institute policies on civil rights compliance and train staff

* Post clear signage that, under law, everyone is allowed to use the restroom that matches their gender identity or expression

* Pay a $7,000 penalty

How did the restaurant respond?

Cuba Libre issued a series of apologies and updates to the incident via social media. The employees involved in the incident with Clymer were terminated.
@cmclymer We are extremely sorry for the incident that occurred at our restaurant last night. Please view our full response below:
We are deeply sorry to @cmclymer for the incident that occurred last Friday night. Thank you to Ruby Corado and the @CasaRubyDC team for partnering with us to train our staff and to identify other initiatives that will support the transgender community.
We'd like to issue an update in regards to our collaboration with @CasaRubyDC. We're moving forward with this initiative in order to learn and grow from the experience. Everyone is welcome at Cuba Libre.

I am pleased to announce that we have come to a satisfactory resolution with Charlotte Clymer relating to the June incident at our Washington, DC restaurant. Please view the attached joint public statement regarding this resolution. Barry Gutin, CEO, Cuba Libre

6 comments:

  1. Look in your underwear, if you see a penis use the men's room. Period. How fricking stupid are people?

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  2. If "Discrimination has no place in DC" then why have separate restrooms? Take your pick, use which ever you prefer. Lets face it, it's what tptb want in the long run.

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  3. desnt the owner have the right to refuse service to anyone he wants.

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  4. I don't think the restaurant did anything wrong. The bully tactics used on the employees got them fired. It wasn't the staff who did anything wrong, it was the transgender twit. If you were born to a certain gender, use their facilities. It's your choice to play biological musical chairs. Don't blame others for your choices.

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  5. They keep telling us there are no genders but then there are, so which is it? Eventually everything they do contradicts itself because it's all based on lies.

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  6. now when they die each person will have an epitaph saying what they achieved and
    another saying whos lives they sought to destroy. No business in this climate.

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