An author whose publisher blamed her after she tweeted a photo of a Washington subway worker eating during a break filed a lawsuit against the Californian literature company LA resident publisher Rare Bird Books responded to Natasha Tynes Tweet of May 10, according to which the writer's reputation was "permanently ruined" according to the document.
Rare Bird did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tweet, since cleared, accompanies a photo of a black transit worker eating in a break.
"When you are on your morning commute to work and see @wmata staff in UNIFORM eating on the train I thought we should not eat Hope @wmata answers When I asked the co-worker about it, her answer was" Concern for Yourself "."
The Washington Metro Transit Authority expressed its appreciation and asked for timestamps that could help trace it down the staff. But a backlash against Tynes was swift, and the professor of New Hampshire University, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein summed up the feelings of many : "Eating while black."
Rare Bird said last month that it would not spread Tynes upcoming novel "They Called Me Wyatt", which should be published on Rare Bird Imprint California Coldblood Books.
"Black women face a constant barrage of such inappropriate behaviors directed towards them, and constant monitoring of their bodies," the publisher said in a statement, "
This triggered a cascade of negative consequences, including Tynes being hospitalized for her work at the World Bank in Washington for chest pain and death threats, high blood pressure, suicidal thoughts, a temporary move to Jordan, persecution of her family, and the annulment of four years of work
"The applicant would receive threats against her doctor The personal safety and physical safety of her family via Facebook and Twitter," reads the lawsuit.
The file alleges that Rare Bird's withdrawal was a breach of contract after he had undertaken to produce the book in hardcover, paperback and digital editions available from Tuesday.
The defendant decided to only publish "They Called Me Wyatt" digitally.
In the lawsuit, Tynes' Tweet is referred to as an expression of disappointment because she has little time and three kids to care for and seldom finds time to eat during her working days. "She always assumed that an underground employee would check her in if she" would eat in one go. "
" She always goes out into the afternoon on an empty stomach, "reads the file.  The lawsuit states that Tynes has reached Washington Metro to ensure that the worker was not disciplined, and she was not because she ate a break, according to her union.
The file states that Tynes is a Jordanian immigrant and a colored woman who never considered her tweet racist, but she apologized one day after sending the tweet.
Tynes applies for $ 13,440,000 in damages.