David Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer in New York for over 30 years, announced his support for Dayna Morales. The New Jersey waitress and former Marine received a handwritten note instead of a tip after serving a family of four. Fox News (11.15.13) reported that the hateful note read: “IM (sic) Sorry But I cannot tip because I do not agree with with (sic) your lifestyle and how you live your life.”
Dayna Morales was stiffed on a tip by someone who discriminated against her for being a lesbian. Morales said she never mentioned to the family eating at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J. that she was gay.
“The patron showed a lifestyle of intolerance for individuals he disagreed with,” said Perecman.
Morales posted the receipt for the $93.55 bill to Facebook “to vent” and it went viral less than 60 minutes later. She was backed up by a manager of her workplace. To his credit, he said the restaurant does “not tolerate discrimination of any kind.” The family would not be welcome back without an apology that was acceptable to Morales, Fox News reported.
“This incident is a sad reminder that gay discrimination still exists,” said Perecman. “Such behavior is simply wrong.”
The Fox News article cited is “Waitress denied tip for being gay.”Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation, including race profiling or discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.