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Cabaret Bliss race discrimination claim results in 365K judgment

Although the Civil Rights Act has been enacted since 1964, discrimination against protected statuses still occurs. Some employers may believe that they will not get caught and commit acts that contradict the law. A former employee of the Bliss Cabaret adult entertainment club in Florida believes that he lost job because of his race.

The plaintiff -- who happens to be black -- was hired to work at the club as a bartender. The manager who hired the plaintiff was apparently told by the club's owner that he did not want a black bartender and that he was to fire him. The manager was then allegedly suspended and then fired himself because he would not terminate the plaintiff. Despite the pushback, the plaintiff still lost his job.

The plaintiff brought his complaint forth to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a case was filed on his behalf. The Bliss Cabaret Club has anti-discrimination policies in place throughout all levels of management, yet the manager who attempted to adhere to these policies was apparently also fired. The regional attorney for the EEOC commented that the owner's treatment of the plaintiff is a blatant disregard for the law.

Attempts to settle the case informally failed, which led to the complaint being filed in a Florida federal court. The case was filed against the adult entertainment club as well as its parent company. Judgment was in favor of the plaintiff, and he was awarded $365,000 for the race discrimination claim that included lost wages and monetary damages.

Source: local10.com, "EEOC wins judgment against strip club in discrimination, retaliation suit", Amanda Batchelor, Aug. 13, 2015

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