Club’s ad for “hostess” found discriminatory under City Human Rights Law.
After seeing an ad on Craig’s List for a “hostess” in a club, the Commission sent a male tester to apply for the job. The tester was rejected for the hosting position by the club’s manager and offered a job as a promoter instead. ALJ Kevin F. Casey found that the club’s behavior towards the tester was discriminatory and confirmed the discriminatory intent of the ad. The ALJ recommended a civil penalty of $7,500 and anti-discrimination training for the club’s management and hiring staff. Comm’n on Human Rights v. Vudu Lounge (in PDF), OATH Index No. 233/12 (Dec. 16, 2011).