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Minnesota Declares 'Ladies' Night' Illegal
State charges five bars with gender discrimination
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2010 2:30 PM CDT
Women enjoy a drink in a bar in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed gender discrimination charges against five Twin Cities bars, alleging that they violated the rights of men everywhere—by holding ladies’ night. “Gender-based pricing violates the Human Rights Act,” the commissioner tells the Star-Tribune, vowing to pursue every complaint received about on the matter. The state tried a similar crackdown back in 1994, but most bars shrugged and kept the cheap drinks flowing.

“It isn’t a matter of wanting to discriminate. If you’ve got 200 ladies, you have 400 men,” says a Tavern League of Minnesota official. “This is just a marketing niche.” The previous head of the Human Rights Department said he too sees no problem with the promotion. “It is on its face discriminatory,” he said, “but on a practical level, it’s a little bit of ‘Who cares?’”

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gekkobear
Jul 1, 2010 9:00 PM CDT
Minnesota, home of the Sausage Festival, the Hot-Dog Extravaganza; yes, end ladies night... good plan. Stop bars from doing anything to try to even up the male/female ratios... are we going to claim that won't affect businesses at all? Your economy is doing poorly and you're working to damage businesses? Well good to know what the government is working on... unemployment must not be high enough yet. Can someone from the government clarify at what unemployment levels they'll stop working to damage the economy? Is the target something close like 20%, or are they shooting for 90%? I'm just curious when they'll pull their heads out...
suenami
Jun 14, 2010 11:27 AM CDT
This is a marketing ploy for women who either want to be treated like little girls who can't afford to pay for things or like prostitutes and be paid for their company or sex, and for guys who have no game and can't attract women with their success, looks, or personality. Ladies' Day and Ladies' Night promotions are so tacky, so stupid, and so discriminatory that I can't believe a business would have one in the year 2010. They're about as stupid as a "Caucasians' Night."
Harley Devilzon
Jun 14, 2010 10:29 AM CDT
If it's a marketing ploy it's pretty dumb one. I will just have girls buying me drinks and pay them. Never encountered any bars here with 'ladies only drink specials'. Usually it's just drinks specials and it draws good crowds. I wouldn't mind checking out a bar like that just to laugh at guys who buy drinks there.