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Taxi company fined after driver kicked out gay couple for kissing

Taxi company fined after driver kicked out gay couple for kissing

PHL Taxi forced to pay $500 fine

A cabdriver kicked out a gay couple for kissing, with a ruling ordering the taxi company to pay a fine.

Mark Seaman kissed his partner on the top of the head as they departed from Philadelphia International Airport in December 2009.

Seamen then recalls the driver saying: ‘You cannot do that in here’. Before pulling over and telling them to get out.

He told the Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘I just remember thinking, “Gee, what a nice welcome home to Philadelphia.”‘

‘I am disappointed’

Seaman filed a complaint within a week of the incident and now eight years later, there is a result.

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations ordered PHL Taxi to pay Seaman $500 (€425 £373).

The ruling also states taxi companies must educate drivers on local discrimination laws.

Both Seaman and PHL received letters this week after eight years since the incident.

Seaman said: ‘I am disappointed and perplexed about why it took eight years. I’ve never been offered an explanation,’ he added.

He now lives in Washington, D.C.

The commission’s executive director declined to go into details about why the ruling took so long.

PHL Taxi did not respond in time for publication of this story.