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'%/%, I Beverly Club Waitresses Fight Back Alleging discrimination, former employees of the Beverly Club are suing the euphemistically titled "Gentlemen's Club." By Ethan Bernard Beverly Hills, known for its posh shops and affluent estates, is also home to a strip club. The Beverly Club, located at 424 North Beverly Drive, is what's known in polite circles as a Gentlemen's Club. It caters to men seeking "adult entertainment." On March i st, however, The ,women claim that they were fired as a result of that decision. AIIred says, "it's unlawful for an employer to make a worker not employed as a dancer wear a sexy uniform; this could provoke sexual harassment. Further, she says, " the men working in the club are not made to wear any such uniform." She plans to litigate the case under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, and believes it may be the first case of its kind under the act. ililt'S unlawful for an employer to make a worker not employed as a dancer wear a sexy uniform; this could provoke sexual harassment. :' ;' -- Attorney Gloria AIIred the club received a rude awakening. Three former employees were suing on grounds of discrimination, unlawful retaliation, and wrongful termination. The cause for the law suit stems from a change of uniform that has feminist attorney Gloria AIIred championing the ca as on that could set a precedent for equal rights. Kelly Thornton, Christy Tharpe, and Anita Chandra began employment in April of 1999 at the club. They were employed as waitresses, nol as dancers. In a written statement Thornton says, "when I was hired... I was told to wear black pants or skirt and a white blouse." She considered this attire "appropriate." They allege that this changed in September 1999 when the management made a uniform change. The uniform change, described by Ms. AIIred, was, "short stretch hotpants which reveal a portion of the wearer's buttocks." Thornton went on to say, "it is demeaning to me as a female." The three women did not comply, refusing to wear the uniform. Randy Garrou, an attorney familiar with cases of this nature, has a different opinion while he does not have all the facts in this case. "The primary purpose of a nude danc- ing establishment is to promote an aura of sensuality. A sensual costume worn by a waitress is part of this and management should have control of this environment," he says. As far as the difference in uni- form between male and female workers in such an establishment Garrou says, "it is common to discriminate between men and women's apparel." He cites life-" guards as an example of this. "Also." he says, "customers-and as a result owners- want not only dancers, but also their servers to promote the same aura of sen- suality." The former waitresses are suing for general, compensatory, and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at the trial, plus attorney's tees and costs. Filed on March I st, the club has thirty days to respond. Allred is unsure when the case will go to trial.needs to be. i 6 Beverly Hills Weekly SAMUEL NEWMAN M.D.,F.A.A.F.P. Diptomate American Board of Family Practice General practice & Offe Gynecology :C!' Full physical Checkups General Checkups, Gynecology, PAP, PMS, Birth Control, Hormone therapy School & Sports physical, Vaccination 9301 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 302 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Tel " (310) 273.0163 i i i00!i i' ii * SPONSORED BY Governor Gray Davis Votes in Local Real Estate Office By Nydia Lavine and Denny Lyons The Governor of California, Gray Davis, made a stop at our office (9201 Sunset Bird) to vote on Super Tuesday. Our office was the voting marion for the local precinct. It was an exciting after- noon with all the media and Secret Service. As professionals, we still had to conduct business as usual. My associate and I had a conflict in our schedule at the same time lOaa  amd Denm  the Governor was to arrive. (Which happens quite often in this busi- ness). So, to be as fair as possible, we did what any prudent person would do . living. If a vote goes against the grain of our business, that could mean a slow- down in activity, which in turn directly affects our bottom line. when a tough decision has to he made. We flipped a coin to see who had to go on the appointment, who got to shake hands, and take a group picture with Governor Gray Davis. Guess who won the toss? In the real estate profession, we pay particular attention to the California elec- tion process, as many of the issues directly effect our business. The outcome can sway a seller or buyer to either act right away, or put off a decision to buy or sell until a later date. As realtors, we depend on buyers and sellers to earn our On the other hand ifthe vote goes with the grain of our profession, it can mean a windfall of business for all. When we a.s realtors are busy, so are mortgage bro- kers and lenders, title and escrow com- panies, and all other companies affiliated with the real estate industry. It's a vicious circle, if we as realtors prosper, then so will our affiliates, if we do not prosper, then no one benefits. You can make a difference. Nydia Lavine and Denm/ tyons are both Severty Hifls msiden have ver 2O yea f    experience and specialize in se#ing homes m Bevedy H#ts, Beverly Hills Post OFac Bet4 and adjacent areas. For a free, no obligation consultation, call 310.599.9990. Website: wwwnydcom