Chris Penner, the owner of this Portland, Oregon bar, then called the Portsmouth Club, was given numerous opportunities during this year long investigation by the state to resolve the issue, but he remained defiant to the end, believing he did not discriminate against trans people. The state disagreed, and as a result, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s office ordered Penner to pay $400,000 to the trans patrons he boot from his bar.
Penner was charged with violating the 2007 Oregon Equality Act which protects trans and LGBT people in housing, employment and public places.
State charges Penner for discrimination: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/state-files-charges-against-phone-message-leaving-bar-owner-for-transgender-discrimination/
State finds evidence of discrimination: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/state-investigation-of-bar-that-booted-trans-patrons-substantial-evidence-of-discrimination/
Clearly this ruling is going to be a severe wake-up call for other businesses, employers and landlords that continue to discriminate.
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