Woman mistaken for a man settles NY lawsuit

NEW YORK Tue May 13, 2008 4:26pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman ejected from the female restroom after a New York City restaurant mistook her for a man has settled her discrimination lawsuit for $35,000, she said on Tuesday.

Khadijah Farmer , a 28-year-old lesbian, ate at the Caliente Cab Restaurant Co. last July with her girlfriend and a friend after marching in the gay pride parade in Greenwich Village.

When Farmer went to use the restroom, the restaurant's bouncer told her men were not allowed in the women's room, according to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed the lawsuit.

Farmer said she volunteered to produce identification proving she was female but was rebuffed. A representative of the restaurant was not immediately available for comment.

"People come in all shapes and sizes, and they shouldn't be discriminated against because they don't match someone's expectations of how masculine or feminine they should be," Farmer said in a statement.

(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Cynthia Osterman)

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