DC Fines Cuban Restaurant For Seeking ID From Transgender Person Who Used Women’s Bathroom


David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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The District of Columbia is fining a local Cuban restaurant $7,000 for seeking ID from a transgender person who used a women’s bathroom.

As The Washington Post reported Thursday, Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced the punishment Wednesday because by trying to not allow transgender activist Charlotte Clymer to use the lady’s room last summer, Cuba Libre violated the D.C. Human Rights Act.

DURHAM, NC - MAY 11: A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, N.C.  (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Clymer has promoted transgender rights through the Human Rights Campaign, a progressive group. Clymer recounted how, on the evening of June 22, 2018, a restaurant employee followed her into the bathroom and then, upon exiting, the restaurant manager requested identification. After a brief quarrel, Clymer showed the manager the legislation that protects the right to use the bathroom of a person’s choice. (RELATED: Education Department Stops Investigating Transgender Bathrom Gripes)

The D.C. Human Rights Act protects “gender identity or expression” in discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and educational institutions. The Trump administration is considering a federal policy that would end recognition of gender identity and define sex in a purely biological way. It is also trying to remove transgender military personnel from the armed forces.

People rally to protest the Trump administration’s reported transgender proposal to narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth, in Los Angeles, California, United States, Oct. 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Racine also promised that he would “clarify” the powers he has as attorney general to target those alleged to run afoul of the human rights act.

“The District’s laws reflect one of our residents’ most deeply-held values: that all people should be treated equally,” Racine told the Post. “With this settlement, Cuba Libre is required to maintain policies that will ensure this type of discrimination does not happen again.”

“Our focus now is to help ensure safety for D.C.’s transgender community at all area restaurants,” he said.

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