DC restaurant fined for stopping, ID'ing transgender District resident outside bathroom

A restaurant in Washington, D.C. will be fined $7,000 for stopping a transgender woman outside a bathroom, asking for her ID and telling her to leave.

The incident happened on June 22 at the Cuba Libre Rum Bar and Restaurant in Chinatown. D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced the fine for the incident involving transgender District resident Charlotte Clymer.

Clymer said she was discriminated against when she was physically removed from the restaurant where she was celebrating a friend's bachelorette party. She says it happened after she went to use the women's bathroom.

In addition to the fine the restaurant will be required to stop discriminating against transgender residents and institute policies and employee training to ensure compliance with the District's non-discrimination laws.

"The District's laws reflect one of our residents' most deeply-held values: that all people should be treated equally," said Racine in a statement released on Wednesday. "With this settlement, Cuba Libre is required to maintain policies that will ensure this type of discrimination does not happen again. I want to thank the restaurant's management and staff for cooperating fully in our investigation and seeking to rectify their wrongdoing."

The Associated Press contributed to this article