by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
One of the executives of a Houston topless bar called Michael’s International Club is coming under fire from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discriminating against the black waitresses. Jezebel.com reports, “The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a Houston topless bar for allegedly forcing African-American waitresses and dancers to not work when the club was visited by a certain racist company executive. A manager says he’s shocked by the suit because the club markets itself as multi-racial — meaning it’s switched to a latin theme.”
Allegedly the black waitresses were told that the company’s vice president and secretary, Bert Stair, does not like black waitresses or dancers. A press release acquired by Jezebel.com states:
“The EEOC claims that Stair directly called at least one of the black waitresses a ‘n——r,’ and told her ‘We don’t need any more n——rs in this club, we have enough.’ The lawsuit further asserts that in mid-November 2007, African-American females working at the club insisted on speaking with Stair to discuss their complaints of race discrimination. The meeting, however, failed to change the working conditions, which had become intolerable for African-American females who were repeatedly prevented from working their scheduled shifts because of their race, and the EEOC contends that the women were forced to quit because of the racism.”
Despite all of this, a manager from Michael’s keeps insisting that they are a culturally diverse establishment while continuously citing that they just established a Latin theme. Whereas this is a fact, it has nothing to do with promoting acceptance of African-American women or even white or any other race of women. Even if Michael’s had a theme that promoted women from all cultures, that does not mean it is okay for the vice president of a business establishment to speak negatively of any race. That needs to be fixed, and the EEOC is on it.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.