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A passenger who was tossed off Amtrak's New York-New Orleans Crescent a year ago because Amtrak employees objected to profanity on his T-shirt is suing the railroad, claiming that his First Amendment rights were violated, the Associated Press reported.
Marcus L. Woods, 30, of New York City, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York last week. He is seeking unspecified damages.
Clad in a "New York (expletive) City" T-shirt, Woods was bound for Birmingham, Ala., last Thanksgiving holiday weekend when Amtrak employees objected to the slogan on his shirt. He refused to wear the shirt inside out, although he says he zipped up his jacket to cover the slogan. Nonetheless, Amtrak employees decided to put him off the train in Pell City, Ala., about 30 miles short of his destination.
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