Iliza Shlesinger of Los Angeles should get comedic mileage out of this — being sued for her “War On Men.”
When the 34-year-old promoted a “Girls Night In With Iliza — No Boys Allowed,” she meant it.
“Shlesinger, a winner of the show ‘Last Comic Standing,’ was fairly clear about her target audience in her Instagram announcement for the show,” noted HuffPost.
“But George St. George says Shlesinger and the theater hosting her performance broke California state laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender by telling him and a male friend they couldn’t come in.”
St. George and the friend paid $30 and $25 for tickets to the show at the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.
But the lawsuit says they were told had to sit in the “back row of the theater for the show because of their sex.”
The men left the theater and returned, and “the same employee said they actually couldn’t see the show at all, and refunded their money,” HuffPost said.
Rolling Stone added that the suit argues that the show violates several California laws, including the Unruh Civil Rights Act.
“It also cites the 1985 Supreme Court case, Koire v. Metro Car Wash, which effectively banned so-called ‘ladies night’ promotions. It even claims the treatment of St. George and his friend is akin to the injustices perpetrated during the Civil Rights Movement.”
San Diego’s Alfred Rava, the lawyer behind the suit, has made a career of suing over “ladies nights” and single-gender giveaways.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported in 2009 that Alameda Superior Court approved a settlement in his class action lawsuit against the Oakland A’s for giving away a plaid hat to ladies in 2004.
“When Rava – and other male fans – didn’t receive a hat, he sued the baseball organization for sex discrimination,” the paper said.
“Rava has been behind a string of gender discrimination lawsuits. He targeted the L.A. Angels in 2005 for giving ladies pink tote bags. His lawsuit was later dismissed by a judge, but the ball team revamped its freebie policy anyway, making it gender-neutral. Rava also has targeted numerous promotions and discount offers by San Diego nightclubs, restaurants and theaters that favored one sex over the other.”