A lesbian woman from Hawaii is suing the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas, NV after a hostile confrontation in a women’s restroom in which casino personnel nearly made the woman strip to prove that she was female. According to the Courthouse News Service, Susan Ho filed suit in Clark County Court against Coast Casinos and Boyd Gaming alleging false imprisonment.
Ho was visiting Las Vegas as part of the Advanced Travel Bowling Tournament in October of 2011 when she took a break from bowling to use the women’s restroom at the Gold Coast Casino. Shortly after entering the restroom, she was accosted by another bowler. Ho explained that she was in the correct restroom.
She heard the woman discussing her with other patrons and knew then that she was about to be confronted. Upon exiting the restroom, Ho found a wall of five or six Gold Coast employees blocking people from entering the door. They accused her of being a man attempting to spy on women in the restroom.
A Gold Coast employee named Luciana confronted Ho and made a show of humiliating her in front of a crowd, according to the complaint. As the situation escalated, said the complaint, Ho could see that other employees were “smirking and appeared to be reveling in plaintiff’s humiliation.”
There was briefly talk of forcing Ho to remove her shirt to demonstrate that she is biologically female. Ho said that her life partner’s son offered to go and get her identification to prove to casino employees that she was telling the truth.
The next day, Ho and her life partner met with the bowling tournament manager and Gold Coast manager Ranette Leong. Leong insisted to the women that a language barrier had been to blame for the mix-up. She revealed that she had not reported the incident to anyone higher up in the chain of command at Coast Casinos.
Ho is suing for punitive damages alleging violation of state law, assault, false imprisonment and negligence.
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