AP PORTLAND — A Portland bar owner has been ordered to pay about $400,000 to a group of transgender people he banned from his establishment last year. The state Bureau of Labor and Industries’ civil-rights division imposed the penalty against Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex, The Oregonian reported. Eleven people will get the money, with awards ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. It’s the first penalty imposed under the 2007 Oregon Equality Act, which protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public places. Some other complaints ended in settlements. to read more click here: AP
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