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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 14 – The Turkish restaurant Ali Baba's Terrace, a block from the United Nations, harassed its gay waiter Eyyup Dogan about attending the LGBT Pride parade in New York, a complaint filed against it in New York State Supreme Court claimed. 

  Ali Baba's Terrace's owner, also named Dogan (Ali Riza), asked Eyyup "if he had problems in his childhood that would have led him to be 'gentle,'" according to the complaint.

   Ali Baba removed the complaint to Federal court, then moved for a stay of the litigation, based on the bankruptcy of Ali Baba's Terrace.

 Eyyup responded that the case should proceed, including against the individual defendant.   

Next, Ali Baba's counsel at Jackson Lewis informed U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of the "Order of Dismissal of the bankruptcy proceeding involving defendant Ali Baba's Terrace, dated October 8, 2019." 

 So the case continued.   Inner City Press has been following this case, including as Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir appeared as the unopposed candidate to be President of the UN General Assembly, despite his public comments about "drag queen" Conchita Wurst winning the Eurovision award.   

There is more to report about this case, but given recent developments and vague language it is unclear when off the record applies to conference during the Coronavirus pandemic, and when it does not. So we will have more on this case. It is Dogan v. Ali Baba's Terrace, Inc. et al., 19-cv-5715 (Engelmayer). 


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