A lawyer representing the eleven women kicked off of the Napa Valley Wine Train last August said yesterday that the group has settled their racial discrimination suit against the company. Bay City News reports that the attorney, Waukeen McCoy, explained the women are "very satisfied" with the outcome.

The women, 10 of whom are black, were ejected from the Wine Train on August 22 after, according to train employees, being loud and disruptive. The women were part of a book club (with the oldest member being 83), and were only halfway through the planned three-hour wine tour when train staff escorted them off the train into the waiting arms of police. One witness, Danielle S. of Seattle, summed up the situation on Yelp in damning terms.

"I'd like to think it wasn't a racially motivated act, but given the fact that other, non-black guests were behaving in the same way and not removed, I can only conclude that it was discrimination," she wrote. "The business belongs in the 'what is wrong with out country' category."

The terms of the settlement are confidential, but we learned late last year that the book club members were seeking a total of $11 million (one million each). The wine train's board still needs to approve the settlement, but McCoy appeared confident they would do so — NBC Bay Area observes he called the agreement an "amicable" one. The Chronicle reports that following an online post by Wine Train staff alleging the women showed “verbal and physical abuse toward other guests and staff” two of the women lost their jobs.

Plaintiff Lisa Johnson, 48, told the paper that the book club still meets. “We’re just looking forward to moving on and getting back to reading books,” she noted Monday.

The Napa Valley Wine Train was sold to a Seattle company in September of last year, but the timing of the sale appeared to be coincidental.

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