Minnesota Declares 'Ladies' Night' Illegal

State charges five bars with gender discrimination

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 11, 2010 2:30 PM CDT

(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?’”

Women enjoy a drink in a bar in this file photo.
Women enjoy a drink in a bar in this file photo.   (Getty Images)
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