'Ladies' Night' Promoters May Be In For A Rude Awakening

Law360, New York (January 2, 2014, 6:04 PM EST) -- The hospitality industry is no stranger to the rules prohibiting discrimination in accommodations. The average restaurant or hotelier is aware that the establishment cannot deny service to a patron on the basis of a protected status, such as race or gender.

What appears to be less well-known is that, at least in California, the same business establishments cannot discriminate by providing extra service to a protected status. This fact is apparent in the continuing trend to hold “Ladies’ Night” events, or offer special discounts only to women, by businesses ranging from restaurants to car washes.

These bonuses for female patrons may...

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