Date
26 May 2017
Some entertainment venues in Hong Kong charge female patrons lower entrance fees or waive them altogether at times. Photo: Bloomberg
Some entertainment venues in Hong Kong charge female patrons lower entrance fees or waive them altogether at times. Photo: Bloomberg

Man sues entertainment spot for sex discrimination

A man has sued the firm that runs a karaoke parlor and a disco club for asking him to pay an admission fee higher than that paid by its female customers, Headline Daily reported Friday.

In the complaint submitted to District Court on Thursday, the man, who was assisted by the Equal Opportunities Commission, said the firm’s policy was tantamount to sex discrimination.

The commission said it is a violation of the Sex Discrimination Ordinance for a company to favor one customer over another based on gender, all other conditions being equal.

What happened to the man can be used as an example to let the public know that a company should not give someone inferior treatment just because the person is a male or female, the commission said.

A manager of Hong Kong Bars & Karaoke Rights Advocacy said some entertainment places do charge male customers a different entrance fee from female ones on special occasions, such as Ladies’ Night, the purpose being to attract female customers.

The manager said the man could choose other entertainment places that don’t impose different charges based on the sex of the customer, but his right to seek compensation should be respected.

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