A group of predominantly black women kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train last August, settled an $11 million racial discrimination case against the company for an undisclosed amount last week.

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The 11 women, 10 of whom are African-American, were ordered off the vintage train on Aug. 22 after other passengers complained the group was too loud. The confrontation went viral and inspired the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack, where people shared stories of racial bias, particularly that encountered while traveling.

The Napa Valley Wine Train claimed last August that it was not racial bias but “acute insensitivity” that motivated staff members to remove the women from the train.

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