Sizzler Restaurant Pays $25,000 for Anti-Gay Attack in NY Court
A Sizzler restaurant was ordered to pay $25,000 for a manager's anti-gay attack on a customer who was at the buffet in the establishment.
While in line waiting to fill her plate with food, Liza Friedlander claimed she came under a verbal and physical assault.
The reason for the attack - she is gay.
The lesbian woman said she was shoved to the ground and called names and slurs threatened by several people including customers and police were finally called.
After order was restored, she went to the hospital and later sued.
According to the Christian Post, Friedlander sued the franchise, Waroge Met, Ltd.- a business partner of the restaurant- and Orellana for $25,000 with the help of Lambda Legal and her lawyer, Natalie Chin.
The report adds that the "defendants did not want to go to trial and opted for a quicker judgment- a costly mistake, as an August 2010 bias crime law allows victims to sue in civil court."
She won her $25,000 and said in a statement:
“I was attacked and threatened by people yelling terrible anti-LGBT slurs, throwing things at me and threatening to sexually assault me."
“On that day, I felt helpless, humiliated and frightened, but today I’m so proud that I stood up and did something about it. No one should have to go through a nightmare like that.”
Natalie Chin, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, says the verdict sends a message that bias attacks against will not be tolerated: “Businesses are not exempt from treating LGBT people with dignity and respect.”
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