The Latest: Women thrown off train say they were humiliated

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Posted: Oct 01, 2015 2:11 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest on a group of black women filing a lawsuit over their ejection from a Napa Valley Wine Train (All times local):

11:10 a.m.

Nearly a dozen black women who were ejected from a Northern California wine country train this summer say they felt humiliated and can't believe they were treated that way in 2015.

Some of the women, tears in their eyes, spoke at a news conference Thursday, shortly after filing a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train.

The women say they were accused of being too loud and escorted off the train in August. They say they were paraded through rail cars and suffered the humiliation of having other passengers stare at them.

Their lawsuit says as they left the train, they saw white passengers who were loud and inebriated but had not been asked to leave.

Owners of the train say they've hired a retired FBI agent to investigate the women's claims.

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9:30 a.m.

Nearly a dozen black women ejected from a Northern California wine country train have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit.

The women say they were ejected from the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing too loud during an afternoon excursion in August. The lawsuit seeks $1 million each for the 11 women who claim they were humiliated and discriminated against when staff ordered them from the train after warning them several times to lower their voices.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court.

Owners of the train say they have hired a retired FBI agent to investigate the women's claims. Ownership of the train changed hands on Sept. 15, three weeks after the incident.