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Gender discrimination

I went to Gameworks last night with Deborah. Kind of a celebration of my condo. While we were waiting in line, a Gameworks staff member walked the line telling everyone about their new policy. Thursday is Ladies Night and they pay only $10 for an All-Access pass. Men must pay $15 for an All-Access pass.

Which irritated me to no end. I asked to speak with a manager who insisted that it was not discrimination. We paid the prices they asked, and they kindly gave me a receipt that indicates that the reason for the price difference is Ladies Night. Evidence. Sweet.

Checked out the City of Seattle's Office of Civil Rights today. Under What is Discrimination the office gives the following definition:

  1. You are treated differently from others in a similar situation; and

  2. You are harmed by the treatment; and

  3. You are treated this way because of your membership in a protected class (i.e., race, gender, etc.)
    or

  4. Your request for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability is refused without a valid business reason.

Let's check these out: First item, definitely true. Deborah was charged $5 less than I was and we were in exactly the same situation, not just a similar situation. Second, I was harmed by the treatment. I paid $5 more for the privilege of using a public accommodation. Third, the reason I was treated differently was due to my gender. Within Seattle, the following groups are protected classes for cases involving public accommodation:
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Disability
  • Gender identity
  • Marital status
  • National Origin
  • Parental status
  • Political ideology
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Use of a Section 8 certificate
  • Use of a service animal

Looks like a classic case of discrimination, notwithstanding the managers protestations to the contrary. Luckily, it looks to me like the city of Seattle makes it really really easy to file a complaint. They don't take any enforcement action, but do issue a determination as to whether the facts support a reasonable cause for complaint. I can use that in court, or the City Attorney can take action in some instances.

Watch for further updates on this.

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