A Houston strip club has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly discriminating against African-American dancers and waitresses working there.
In its lawsuit filed on Thursday, the EEOC alleges Michael’s International told a group of African-American waitresses back in September 2007 that they could not work at the club, after the company’s vice president visited and said he did not like seeing Black women.
Stair allegedly called one waitress the dreaded “N-word,” saying, “Why are you here, we don’t want any of you N—ers working here, we have too many N—ers already,” the lawsuit charges.
The waitress were specifically told to either leave work or hide in a bathroom while Stair was visiting.
While Michael’s International has no official comment on the suit, one manager told KHOU he was “shocked” because the club markets itself as multi-racial.
Online reviews of Michael’s International describe the club as “Hispanic.”
“If you wanna see Latin girls this is the place great,” wrote one reviewer. “It’s a Hispanic club.. So expect a LOT of Reggaeton, Salsa, Tejano etc..Very few songs are in English,” said another.
“Regardless of the business you’re in, the law is the law and you can’t discriminate against people because of their race,” EEOC attorney Timothy Bowne told local television news outlet KHOU.