NEW YORK – Deja Smith, Jonovia Chase, Valerie Spencer and Jahmila Adderley, who are black transgender women, and Daniele Marino, who is gender nonconforming, said that on May 27, a cashier at the fast food restaurant’s Harlem location refused to serve them, saying that there was no chicken. The plaintiffs said the customer behind them successfully ordered chicken.
The group gathered outside of the Stonewall Inn Thursday to announce the lawsuit, which claims sex discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“This step is a necessary step because they were unwilling to recognize their wrongdoing and the wrongdoing of one of their employees,” Smith said of the company.
“When they try to oppress their self-expression in Harlem, New York, it affects the right of self-expression all over the world,” said Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, whose clients include the family of Trayvon Martin.