State Finds Cab Driver Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple | 101 KXL

State Finds Cab Driver Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

Written by Jeremy Scott on March 4, 2014

PORTLAND — The Bureau of Labor and Industries has completed their investigation of the Broadway Cab driver who kicked a lesbian couple out of his taxi last summer on the side of a freeway.  They found “substantial evidence of discrimination”.

Ahmed Egal is accused of shouting slurs at Kate Neal, her girlfriend and another friend when he saw the couple being affectionate before pulling over on the side of Interstate 84 eastbound in the Gateway district and ordering all three out of the cab.


“Under Oregon law, Oregonians may not be denied service based on sexual orientation or gender identity, just as they cannot legally deny service based on race, sex, age, disability or religion,” said BOLI spokesman Charlie Burr.

The couple filed a complaint under the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that protects their civil rights.  The bureau will next determine whether a settlement can be reached.  Egal already had his permit revoked and the company was fined $1,000.

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