Women booted from Napa Valley Wine Train file $11M discrimination lawsuit

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly a dozen black women ejected from a Northern California wine country train have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit.

The women say they were ejected from the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing too loud during an afternoon excursion in August. The lawsuit seeks $1 million each for the 11 women who claim they were humiliated and discriminated against when staff ordered them from the train after warning them several times to lower their voices.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court.

Owners of the train say they have hired a retired FBI agent to investigate the women’s claims. Ownership of the train changed hands on Sept. 15, three weeks after the incident.