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Taxi Driver Fined $25K for Refusing to Pick Up Black Executive and Her Kids

Cynthia Jordan, a vice-president at a stock transfer fund, said cab driver Baqir Raza refused to pick up her and her daughters, but let two white females get into his taxi. (LinkedIn/Cynthia Jordan)
Cynthia Jordan, a vice-president at a stock transfer fund, said cab driver Baqir Raza refused to pick up her and her daughters, but let two white females get into his taxi. (LinkedIn/Cynthia Jordan)

MIDTOWN (DNAinfo) — A yellow taxi driver must pay $25,000 in fines and compensation for discriminating against a black family by refusing to pick them up but then letting two white passengers get into his ride, a city administrative judge ruled last week.

Cabbie Baqir Raza was hit with the penalty for telling Cynthia Jordan and her two daughters outside Macy’s in Midtown that he was off-duty when they tried to hail him, according to the judge’s decision.

Raza locked the doors to his cab, preventing the family from getting in, but then drove about 25 feet and picked up two white female passengers, the decision says.

Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Judge Raymond Kramer ruled that Raza must pay $10,000 in compensation to Jordan and a $15,000 civil fine.

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