Monday, July 3, 2017

EEOC Sues Strip Club for Allegedly Refusing to Hire Male Bartender

On June 29, 2017, the EEOC issued a press release announcing that it is suing Sammy's Gentlemen's Club, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for allegedly refusing to hire men to be bartenders.

Back in January, I wrote a post discussing a 20-year-old settlement of claims brought by male applicants against Hooters. That settlement resulted in Hooters agreeing to open some positions to men, but "Hooters Girls" have continued to be the restaurant's main draw.

It doesn't look like the EEOC is contending that a strip club is required to hire men to be strippers, but it still raises the question, Where do we draw the line?

If the EEOC thinks a strip club can't refuse to hire men to serve drinks, I find it hard to believe that the EEOC would think that it is ok for a restaurant to refuse to hire men to serve chicken wings.

So just imagine -- a world without breastaurants. Let's hope the Trump Administration's attack on our civil rights has some limits.

This blog reflects the views solely of its author. It is not intended, and should not be regarded, as legal advice on how to analyze any particular set of facts.