A group consisting of mostly African-American women have collective sued a California wine train company for a whopping $11 million. They are suing the company for kicking them off the train for laughing too loudly and for racial discrimination, defamation and breach of contract. 10 out of the 11 women are black. They say the employees of the Napa Valley Wine Train removed them for getting too loud while celebrating the birthday of one of their book club members. They allege they were targeted because of their race.
After the incident, the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack took off instantly on the social media site, Twitter. According to a press release published by their attorney, the women were “marched through the six cars comprising the entire train and turned over to police who detained the women in the hot sun.”