Hong Kong bar operators vowed to continue with the “Ladies’ Night” tradition of offering free entrance or charging nominal fees to female guests but will also consider introducing “Gentlemen’s Night” to get the Equal Opportunities Commission off their back, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Representatives of the Hong Kong Bar and Club Association made the pledge in a press conference on Thursday after the District Court ruled on April 13 in favor of the EOC, which filed a case against Club Legend, a disco bar in Mong Kok, for violation of the Sex Discrimination Ordinance.
The case stems from the establishment’s practice of charging male and female customers different admission fees, with the former being charged much more.
Calling the case “absurd”, the bar owners said the commission was making “much ado about nothing”.
Chin Chun-wing, vice chairman of the association, said no bar has ever discriminated against male customers and the Ladies’ Night practice is simply a way to lure more business.
The practice is based on the observation that more girls come to a bar where there is nominal or no admission fee, and if there are more girls, more male customers will patronize the establishment.
The association is recommending to its members to continue holding Ladies’ Nights, Chin said, adding that EOC members are welcome to come to the events to see what they really are for themselves.
He also revealed that the owners of Club Legend would be forced to close business before possibly reopening another one sometime in the future.
The association said it will also consider holding Gentlemen’s Nights as a countermeasure, although it admitted that such a practice would cause them to lose money because not too many male customers would want to stay in an establishment where there are more male guests than females.
Meanwhile, the association has decided to set up a fund to hire a group of lawyers to provide legal services to its members in case they are also sued for discrimination in the future.
Disco bar guilty of discriminating against men on ladies’ night (April 14, 2016)
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