MTA settles lawsuit by woman and her “harassed” service dog

I don’t know how to categorize this lawsuit. “Civil rights?” Not quite. Maybe I need to establish a new category:”Service dog harassment?”

Whatever. Here’s the story in the Daily News, by John Marzulli, who’s getting around a lot (although I will point out that my previous blog about the cops sued for a false stop and search claim and this one about the harassed service dog were both filed in the Eastern District [Brooklyn] federal court, which John M. covers.)

It begins:

New York City Transit is paying $150,000 to a Manhattan woman who claimed in a federal lawsuit she and her massive service dog were constantly hounded on buses and in subway stations, the Daily News has learned.

Estelle Stamm cited 32 incidents between 1998 and 2004 in which she was stopped by a bus driver, subway motorman or conductor demanding to see identification for her 120-pound livestock guardian dog Wargas.

Stamm, 70, suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and partial hearing loss, which made traveling with Wargas a necessity, according to her 2004 lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

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