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Iliza Shlesinger sued for banning men from comedy show

Iliza Shlesinger sued for banning men from comedy show

In 2009, he sued the Oakland A's for sex discrimination when the team gave plaid baseball caps to women during a Mother's Day and not the men. But when they came back, that same employee told St. George that "Iliza" and The Coronet Theatre decided they could not attend that night's show, instead offering to give them a refund.

According to legal documents obtained by Variety, 21-year-old George St. George claims he and his friend were barred from entering Shlesinger's November 13 standup show titled Girls Night With Iliza-No Boys Allowed.

The divide between men and women in the entertainment industry continues to grow with the latest news out of Hollywood that popular female comedian Iliza Schlesinger is being sued for allegedly banning men from at least one of her comedy shows.

St. George is asking for unspecified "damages." Ugh.

"At no time should an entertainer or an entertainment venue require female patrons or male patrons sit in the back of the theater based exclusively on their sex", Rava said via email. St. George and a male friend attempted to enter the show anyway.

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The California Supreme Court ruled in Koire v. Metro Car Wash that "ladies' night" discounts violate the state's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits business from discriminating based on religion, race, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, or disabilities.

Violations are punishable by a $4,000 fine, plus attorneys' fees.

Rava is a former secretary of the National Coalition for Men, a San Diego-based non-profit whose website highlights false rape accusations, fathers' rights issues, violence against men, and the "myth" that men do not do their fair share of housework.

But this isn't the first lawsuit targeting women-specific events filed by St. George, who compared "ladies nights" to "heterosexual nights" in his complaint against Shlesinger.

Reps for the comedian did not immediately return a request for comment.


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