Gay Man and Trans Woman Suing Miami Beach Burger King for Violent Hate Crime Attack by Employees

A gay man and a transgender woman are suing a Miami Beach Burger King two doors down from one of the city’s most popular LGBTQ nightclubs, saying they were the victims of a violent hate crime attack by two of its employees.

The alleged attack took place last October, after Raymond Ortega and Toni Llerena were asked to leave a section of the fast food restaurant that was closing.

The Miami New Times reports: ‘Ortega and Llerena protested. No one around them was being asked to leave, and the restaurant was still open for another hour and a half. The employee shouted back, saying something to the effect of, “Y’all need to leave, you’re a bunch of faggots.” A security guard stepped in and repeated the slur. Then, “within seconds and without any cause for escalation,” the guard attacked and pepper-sprayed Ortega and Llerena. Ortega says he was repeatedly punched in the face — so hard that he left the restaurant with a broken jaw.’

The Miami Herald reports: ‘The two have now filed a lawsuit against Burger King over the October incident, which left Ortega walking with a limp and with more than $10,000 in dental bills. Their lawyers, Matthew Ladd and Robert Pelier, say once Burger King reveals the names of the employee and the security guard, they plan to report the attack to Miami-Dade prosecutors. “These two are going to get justice,” Ladd said of his clients. “We are going to hold everyone accountable.”’

The same Burger King restaurant was the site of another alleged hate crime in 2016 that was revealed later to have many more sides to it.

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Gay man and trans woman suing Burger King over employee ‘hate crime attack’

Burger King hate crime assault

A gay man and trans woman are suing Burger King after they were allegedly attacked by two of their employees.

Raymond Ortega and Toni Llerena claim they were eating at a Burger King near gay club Twist, on South Beach, Miami, when an employee approached. The employee, said to be a woman, asked them to leave the restaurant because the section they were eating was closing.

The pair protested, saying others weren’t asked to leave. The employee allegedly called them ‘f**king faggots’ and told them to leave again.

The security guard – a man – then called them ‘faggots’ and sprayed Ortega with mace, before beating him, according to the suit. Ortega claims his jaw is damaged and his knee injured, causing him to walk with a limp and pay more than $10,000 in dental bills.

The assault allegedly occurred on 13 October 2018 at around 3.30am, in the Burger King on 1101 Washington Avenue.

Their lawyers, Matthew Ladd and Robert Pelier, say they will report the attack to the Miami-Dade police after Burger King reveals the names of the employees.

They said: ‘These two are going to get justice. We are going to hold everyone accountable.’

Burger King has CCTV of the event and other customers began recording on their phones when the scuffle broke out.

If arrested, the employees could be charged with Florida’s hate crime laws. This makes the penalties harsher, adding ‘with prejudice’ to the charges.

The fast food chain has previously supported LGBTI people during their ‘Proud Whopper’ campaign.

Gay Star News has reached out to Burger King for comment.

See also: 

LGBTI advocate charged with arson after suspected hate crime on his home

Gay hate crimes triple in Washington DC since Donald Trump became president

Community rallies as NYPD won’t charge ‘homophobic’ attack as hate crime

Author: Tom Capon

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