A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that a Trump supporter of a bar would not violate the law – because the law does not protect against political discrimination.
Greg Piatek of Philadelphia claims that he was denied service and he was eventually removed from office in New York Bar in January 2017 for wearing an "American Great Again" hat in a lawsuit against the establishment.
"Anyone who supports Trump – or believes in what he believes – is not welcome here, and you must leave now because we will not serve you!" Piatek claims The Happiest Hour staff told him ,
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Piatek claimed that the incident was "offended" by his feeling of being an American, "the New York Post reported.
The lawyer, The The Happiest Hour, Elizabeth Conway, argued that he would not be discriminated against because only religious – not political – beliefs were protected under state and municipal discrimination law
"Supporting Trump is not a religion," Conway argued.
Piatek's lawyer Paul Liggieri responded in court, "The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he attended the 9/11 Memorial." 19659005] "He paid tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Make American Great Again was part of his spiritual beliefs, "Liggieri claimed." Instead of putting off his hat, he held on to his spiritual belief instead and was forced out of the bar, "said Liggieri Justice David Cohen, the New York Post reported. 19659005] The judge pressed Liggieri to the spiritual nature of his client's beliefs He said Bar staff were unaware of Piatek's specific religious philosophies.
"How many members are in this spiritual program your client is involved in? "The judge asked."
"Your Honor, we do not cite the number of individuals," said Liggieri.
"So, is it a creed of one? "The judge asked."
"Yes, Your Honor," Liggieri replied, reporting to the New York Post
The judge finally decided on the matter, saying that the incident was nothing more than a "minor levity," reported the New York Post.
"The plaintiff does not specify a faith-based principle to which the hat refers," Judge Cohen said, "Here's the claim that the plaintiff was not served and eventu The ally, because of his perceived support for President Trump was led out of the bar, is not unheard of behavior. "
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Piatek sued for unspecified emotional damage and will meeting Liggieri to determine whether the verdict should be challenged or not. [19659005ThehappiesthourdeniedthatPiatekhadbeenremovedinthefirstplaceandstatedthatPiatekwas"pleasedwithhisserviceatthebar[and] that he was" a $ 36 tip on the $ 186 tab, according to the New York Post. The bar's owners suggest that Piatek's lawsuit is a "publicity stunt."