A man is suing a Manhattan bar after he was charged an entrance fee but women were not – because it was Ladies Night.
Patrick McDowell is suing Inwood club Republica Lounge in Queens after he went clubbing there on 10 August and was charged a $20 (£15) entrance fee after being told women did not have to pay.
According to the New York Post, he is seeking $50,000 (£39,249) in damages from a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
McDowell argued that another bar, called Dyckman Street, hadn’t gotten permission for a ladies night from the New York City Commission on Human Rights to “engage in this type of sex discrimination.”
The lawsuit alleges: “The Defendant in this matter holds 'ladies night' events in which females receive preferential treatment and does so without the required permission from the New York City Commission on Human Rights, thus violating the law.”
It continues: “Although the Court may believe that public policy should permit the Defendant to discriminate in favour of female customers, the legislature has set up a specific procedure for public accommodations to make such an argument: They must apply to the New York City Commission on Human Rights for express permission to discriminate on the basis of sex.”
In this case, the Defendant has failed to obtain such permission.
McDowell is also seeking a judge to stop the club from holding ladies nights in the future, until it gets the correct permission.