A fried chicken shop in New York is being sued by a group of transgender people who were refused service in the restaurant.
Five transgender and gender non-conforming women attempted to order food at Texas Chicken and Burgers in Harlem in May, but were told what they wanted was unavailable by an employee.
After the group stepped aside, the same staff member immediately served a white cis-gendered male the same order.
One member of the group captured video footage of the incident on their mobile phone.
Deja Smith, who works as a make-up artist for transgender actress Laverne Cox, was one of the women refused service.
She wrote on Instagram: “Today we stood up to speak truth to power, and combat the discrimination we faced at #TexasChickenAndBurgers.”
Laverne Cox shared the video shot by Smith on Instagram, commenting: “It’s not about the chicken tenders. It’s about being refused service and being treated like a second class citizen.
“I love my friends and I am so sad and disappointed and angry this happened to them but I know it happens to trans also gender nonconforming people everyday far too often especially when they are of colour.”
The group announced the lawsuit outside the historic Stonewall Inn.
“Texas Chicken and Burgers has done nothing more than issue a sorry apology,” said lawyer Ben Crump, in a copy of the briefing posted on Instagram.