Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Playboy of Discriminating against Men
You know how some night clubs and big party events charge guys more than women to get in?
Well, David Long Jr. of California is calling bullshit.
Long is pissed off that the fine folks over at Playboy had the gall to charge him hundreds more than women guests for a ticket to a bash at Hef's mansion, so he's filed a class action lawsuit in LA Superior Court against Playboy Enterprises International Inc. for unlawful discrimination.
According to the lawsuit, Long attended the third annual "White Party at the Playboy Mansion" in May 2009. The promoters used what Long is calling "gender-based pricing."
Long claims that men had to fork over at least $625 for a ticket, whereas "gorgeous ladies" were "offered a free or reduced price admission," and "less attractive women" only had to pay as much as $350 for a ticket.
Long, suing on behalf of all the men who attended the "White Party" or any other similar party at the Playboy Mansion, is claiming civil rights violations, saying that Playboy denied him "equal treatment under the law" by jacking up the prices for the same services just because he's a man.
This is not the first time a bunch of guys got fed up with this fairly common practice and decided to sue. In October, several men prevailed in court against the Century Supper Club, claiming their civil rights were being violated because the club charged men $20 to get in and let women in for free.
In his lawsuit against Playboy, Long is seeking damages as well as for the court to prohibit Playboy from ever doing this again.
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