The lawyer for a group of women kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train last month says the company's apology for the incident isn't enough and that his clients are considering filing a discrimination lawsuit.
San Francisco attorney Waukeen McCoy said the company’s decision to remove the 11 women, 10 of whom are black, was racially motivated. The group, a reading club, was taken from the train after complaints that it was too loud.
McCoy said the incident also involved a breach of contract, a “breach of good faith and fair dealing” and emotional distress “because of how they were taken off the train, being paraded in front of all the other patrons and taken off the train with the police standing outside of the train.”
The wine train’s CEO, Tony Giaccio, apologized last week, saying the company was "100 percent wrong" to have removed the women from the train. He promised a refund, offered an entire train car to the group for up to 50 people and said the company would initiate new diversity training.
“We believe we’ve done the right thing by acknowledging our mistakes. ... We didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” wine train spokesman Kevin Keane said Monday.