August 6, 2015 11:41 AM EDT

A New York City taxi driver has been fined $25,000 for refusing to pick up a black family.

The cab driver Baqir Raza told Cynthia Jordan and her two daughters that he was off duty and locked his doors so they wouldn’t enter the cab, DNAinfo reports. But then he drove a short distance and picked up two white passengers.

A city administrative judged ruled that Raza had to pay $10,000 to Jordan and a $15,000 civil fine.

Jordan, a vice president at a stock transfer firm, told DNAinfo, “I’m happy for the judgment. Hopefully, someone will hear about this, and it will affect the way taxi drivers pick up fares in New York.”

[DNAinfo]

Write to Tessa Berenson at tessa.berenson@time.com.

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