Iliza Shlesinger sued for turning away men at women-only comedy show
UPI News Service, 12/28/2017
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger has been sued for holding a women-only comedy event on grounds that two men who bought tickets for the show but were told to leave because of their gender.
According to the lawsuit, Shlesinger hosted "Girls Night In with Iliza -- No Boys Allowed" at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 13.
The event was promoted as women performers for an all-women audience. But George St. George, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, bought a ticket and attended the event, despite being a man.
At first, theater employees told St. George and his male friend they would be allowed to attend the show, but had to sit in the back row, despite there not being assigned seating, the lawsuit states.
Moments later, they were told that Shlesinger and management decided they would not be able to attend the show and would be refunded their money for the tickets.
The lawsuit compares St. George's experience of being turned away from the all-women comedy event to the Civil Rights struggle of black people in the United States.
St. George's experience "can best be described as skin to the Montgomery City Lines bus company in Montgomery, Alabama circa 1955 morphing into the Woolworth's Department Store lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960," the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit goes on to say that the state of California prohibits businesses "from treating patrons unequally based on their sex."
The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that St. George's attorney, Alfred Rava, has sued several companies for gender discrimination, including the Oakland A's for giving plaid hats to women on Mother's Day in 2004.
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