New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman comments on the discrimination lawsuit filed against the Forest Hills Sizzler by a gay diner. She claimed she was attacked and berated at the Queens restaurant because of her sexual orientation.
It is believed that this case is the first test of the newly enacted anti-bias crime law passed in August 2010 that allows victims of anti-gay and lesbian violence and intimidation to sue their attackers in civil court.
As reported by the New York Daily News, Friedlander was at the Sizzler with two friends in September 2010 when brunch “turned into a horrifying ordeal of discrimination, violence and degradation."
The civil rights violation lawsuit said that the discrimination incident began after a Sizzler manager accused Friedlander of not paying for the buffet. Apparently, he approached her, shoved her in the chest, causing her to fall backward, and kicked her in the legs while calling her a "f...... dyke" and other epithets.
Allegedly, the manager’s attack ignited a frenzy of “homophobic and hate-filled” chants from other Sizzler patrons.
According to the New York civil rights violation lawsuit, “the hate-filled atmosphere was fueled by homophobia and driven by anger based on Ms. Friedlander’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.”
The Sizzler is accused of violating New York City and State Civil and Human Rights Laws because Friedlander was attacked and discriminated against based on her actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in a place of public accommodation.
“I am appalled by anti-LGBT hate crimes. As described, this apparent gay discrimination incident was a harsh lesson about human decency,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer with more than thirty years of experience representing victims of discrimination or harassment.
As reported by New York Daily News, manager Edgar Orellana denied kicking or touching Friedlander. He added, "I'm Hispanic. I respect people of all ethnicities, races or sexuality.”
“Gay and lesbian people suffer discrimination, and Hispanics suffer discrimination. However, Hispanic individuals are as capable of gay discrimination as any other person. This is why every New York hate crime and/or civil rights violation case must be analyzed and evaluated individually,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer for over 30 years.
If a person suspects that they’ve been treated unfairly because of their sexual orientation, he or she should contact an experienced New York civil rights violation lawyer. Lawyers at The Perecman Firm are knowledgeable of New York state, New York City and federal legislation that protects gays, lesbians, and transgendered people.