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.”