“Anyone who supports Trump – or believes in what you believe – is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!” the plaintiff Greg Piatek of Philadelphia, 31, claims he was told at a New York City bar in January 2017 for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Piatek claimed the incident “offended his sense of being an American.” The lawyer representing The Happiest Hour, Elizabeth Conway, argued that he was not discriminated against because only religious, not political, beliefs are protected under state and city discrimination law.
“How many members are in this spiritual program that your client is engaged in?” the judge asked. Piatek had sued for unspecified emotional damages, but the judge said the incident amounted to nothing more than a “petty” slight. In throwing out the case, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice David Cohen said the “plaintiff does not state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates.” “Here the claim that plaintiff was not served and eventually escorted out of the bar because of his perceived support for President Trump is not outrageous conduct,” the judge ruled.