You may remember Republican congressional candidate and Denny’s customer Jazmina Saavedra from her Facebook live video where she pushed through the ladies’ room door to verbally accost a person she perceived to be a trans woman using the bathroom in a closed stall.
“This is so stupid, in California… how they let people say, ‘It’s a lady, you should….’ It’s a man saying that he’s a lady,” she said in a Facebook Live video that has since been deleted. Saavedra also called the person in the stall, "stupid, sick."
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) haven’t forgotten her, in fact, they are imploring the California Attorney General’s Office to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.
In a letter written a week ago the HRC and LCCRUL recap Saavedra’s actions at the restaurant saying, “In addition to potential criminal liability, there could be civil liability for invasion of privacy and violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, 8 among other causes of action.”
They may have a case. Recording someone without their consent is illegal in California and a “hate crime” is defined as “a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of one or more of the… actual or perceived characteristics of the victim,” including gender [and] gender identity.
Denny's was quick to release a statement about the incident saying in part, "There is no place for discrimination of any kind in our restaurants. We do apologize to our transgender guest and others in the restaurant that had to endure another customer’s disrespectful behavior."
You can read the full letter HERE.