Yesha Callahan

NYC Taxi Driver Fined $25k After Refusing to Pick Up Black Woman


A New York City yellow cab driver was fined $25,000 for refusing to pick up a black finance executive and her two children in Herald Square, according to DNAinfo.

A judge ruled that cabbie Baqir Raza discriminated against Cynthia Jordan and her children outside the 34th Street Macy’s in October 2013 by telling them he was off-duty when they tried to hail his cab. But he then drove several feet up and picked up two white women.

Jordan saw what happened and ran to the cab and confronted him. But he pulled off. Jordan was encouraged by her daughter to report the driver. Included in the penalty are $15,000 in civil fines and $10,000 in compensation to Jordan’s family.

Jordan, a vice president at a stock transfer firm, told DNAinfo said that she hoped Raza learned something from the judgment.

“I’m happy for the judgment,” Jordan told DNAinfo New York. “Hopefully, someone will hear about this, and it will affect the way taxi drivers pick up fares in New York.”

  1. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    Yes, get him!

    • August 8, 2015 - Reply



  2. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    Good for Mrs. Jordan and her children! I am so glad that her daughter encouraged her to report him because it is high time to hit these racists where it hurts…their pockets because you know the Jordan family wasn’t the first he did this too. It is a damn shame that they and plenty of other people living in the NYC area still has to experience this.

    • August 7, 2015 - Reply


      This has happened to me a few times and each time it was an Indian/Paki/Middle Eastern looking hack like this one. Someone on the NY news site said he always has his camera in hand whenever he hails a cab, so he can quickly take a pic like Ms. Jordan did and report them. All the crap we go thru in this country, and here come these third world mofos with barely a pot to piss in. I am thrilled for Ms. Jordan, and surely hope NYC taxi drivers learn a lesson from this.

  3. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    And weren’t taxi drivers complaining about uber or something? Yes keep hurting them.

  4. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    This is certainly great news. The lesson here is that discrimination and unfair treatment are evil, wrong, and it has no place in any society. Cynthia Jordan was mistreated by a taxi driver, she stood up for her human rights, and she won her lawsuit. Bigots, who act in this fashion, ought to be punished and held accountable for their evil actions. Using our power to fight back against racists is the right thing to do. I wish the best for Cynthia Jordan and for the rest of her family.

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