Nine former Micky’s employees are suing the West Hollywood gay bar over allegations that they were forced to look at too much dick, and were then fired for being straight (and black). I hope their frivolous lawsuit fails miserably, but at the same time I’m glad they filed it, because it is amazing.
Micky’s has been around forever (don’t ask me what year it was when I first started using my fake ID to get drunk there—oops), but it burned down in 2007 and didn’t re-open until April 2009. It’s been home to drag shows, stripper parties, Cocktails With The Stars (the weekly porn star interview show that you should also not ask me about) and more, but if this lawsuit succeeds, Micky’s will almost certainly be shut down.
The plaintiffs are charging the popular nightclub, known for its male strippers and go-go dancers, with civil rights violations, which include lewd conduct, creating a sexually hostile work environment, racial discrimination and discrimination against heterosexual employees, and labor code violations.
Matthew Krupnick, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit against West Hollywood Boys Town, Inc. (WHBT), owner of Micky’s, provided WEHOville photographic evidence of strippers performing in the nude, strippers openly displaying their penises and masturbating in front of patrons, a stripper walking around with semen on his face and chest, a patron using his finger to penetrate a stripper’s butt, a ring toss game involving a man’s penis and employees pouring shots of liquor down a stripper’s back while a patron licked it from the stripper’s butt.
Even if all of that is true (it’s probably not), grow the fuck up. You voluntarily applied to work at a gay bar with strip shows.
The civil rights complaint filed under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) contends that employees were forced to work in a sexually hostile environment because hardcore gay pornography played on big-screen TVs throughout the club during working hours. One of the plaintiffs alleges that his roommate was featured in a porn video.
So, the plaintiff was willing to LIVE with a gay porn star, but seeing the gay porn star’s porn is grounds for a lawsuit? I’m sure there was never any porn back at their WeHo apartment.
The nine plaintiffs – all male, five gay and four straight – worked as bartenders, a security guard and a manager. Two female employees were also initially involved in the suit before dropping out.
Krupnick reports that the straight employees were forced out of their jobs at Micky’s because management didn’t like having heterosexual employees. According to Krupnick, they were told when they started they’d be fine as long as they kept their heterosexuality a secret.
Every bartender I’ve ever encountered at Micky’s has been openly straight and openly douche, so who’s to say they weren’t fired for being the latter?
One black employee and one bi-racial employee, both gay, say they were fired because Micky’s owner Michael Niemeyer, didn’t want African-Americans working there. One employee was accused of stealing and exhibiting a “West Hollywood attitude,” according to the lawsuit.
The hell? If they didn’t like African-Americans, why did they hire them in the first place? And, someone working in a West Hollywood bar was fired for exhibiting a West Hollywood attitude! That’s got to be worth at least $15 million. Oh yeah, the nine plaintiffs are SUING FOR $15 MILLION.
Krupnick believes the case could carry a $15 million verdict, if not higher, depending on the punitive damages the jury awards.
Micky’s can’t even afford free cocktails for the talent they book, so good luck with the $15 million.