A California man is suing Iliza Shlesinger, as well as the Largo theater, and a bunch of parties involved with ownership and operation of that theater after he says he was denied entry to a “Girls Night” show. The case was filed in California State Court in Los Angeles County alleging that the show broke several California laws that prohibit businesses from treating patrons differently because of their sex.
George St. George has sued for the damages specified in the statute ($4,000) plus his attorney’s fees. He’s also seeking a ruling that prohibits the club or the performer from holding Girls Nights in California, and a ruling requiring the defendants to go through sensitivity training.
St. George says in his court documents that he purchased a ticket to GIRLS NIGHT IN WITH ILIZA – NO BOYS ALLOWED show through the Largo website, and that when he arrived to see the show on November 13, he was initially told he would need to sit in the back row. He says later he was asked to leave and offered a refund.
According to the pleadings filed, there is precedent in California law that applies the California Civil Rights Act even when the alleged discrimination benefits women. The case cited is a 1985, California Supreme Court finding that “Ladies Nights” that granted price breaks to women are prohibited by California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act provision barring sex discrimination.
The somewhat unorthodox lawsuit filing took some liberties with formality, quoting George Orwell’s Animal Farm at the top of the document, and referencing Andrew Dice Clay despite that he has nothing to do with the case.
Iliza, who has been on tour outside the US, has not yet commented on the lawsuit.
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Tomorrow is my ONLY GIRLS ALLOWED show #GirlsNightIn – we are gonna have @jesswellington2 and @jessdweck share some awesome stories and then we are gonna have a fun talk about our world, girls. Very special. Tickets at ILIZA.COM and the show is at 8 at Largo! Don't delay. Come with an open mind, and open heart and wear something fun!