Nine former employees of Micky’s, a popular gay bar and nightlife destination in West Hollywood, are seeking $15M in damages from the club’s owners, alleging management had created a “sexually hostile work environment,” discriminated against heterosexual and black employees, wrongfully terminated them, and above all else, didn’t supply them with state-required meals and 10-minute cigarette breaks. The nerve!
Aside from the overpriced drinks and fabulous outdoor patio, one of the club’s major attractions are its male strippers and go-go boys that entertain patrons on a nightly basis. According to much of the lawsuit’s verbiage, those barely-clothed babes were causing most of the problems.
WeHoville reports that Matthew Krupnick, the labor and employment attorney orchestrating the suit, supplied “photographic evidence” of the lewd conduct in question. Apparently, the photographs show:
“strippers performing in the nude, strippers openly displaying their penises and masturbating in front of patrons, a stripper walking around with semen on his face and chest, a patron using his finger to penetrate a stripper’s butt, a ring toss game involving a man’s penis and employees pouring shots of liquor down a stripper’s back while a patron licked it from the stripper’s butt.”
Hey there — that actually sounds like it could be fun! Are they still doing this? Like, if we go this weekend, we can see this? Please?
The complaint also claims that “hardcore gay pornography played on big-screen TVs throughout the club during working hours,” which is something we’ve never personally seen during any trip to Micky’s at any hour.
Furthermore, “one of the plaintiffs alleges that his roommate was featured in a porn video,” which is somehow the fault of the club owners? We’re not sure about that one.
“No one should be required to work in an environment with this going on all around them,” said Krupnick, whose Facebook page hosts numerous photos of himself standing with, touching, and mackin’ on strippers at various other gay bars. “As a gay man who fights for the rights of LGBT people, to see gays in a position of such authority and ability abusing that authority and ability in the way the club is doing is offensive to me. I’m motivated to ensure this never happens again in our town.”
The suit also alleges that heterosexual and black employees — as well as employees exhibiting a “West Hollywood attitude”—were forced out of their jobs because owner Michael Niemeyer “didn’t want them working there” (even though he hired them in the first place). Today, both heterosexual and black employees with West Hollywood attitudes showed up for work at Micky’s, which still employs them.
If successful, the nine former employees (all male, five gay and four straight) would undoubtedly force the mainstay to close. But Micky’s has a slick track record when it comes to lawsuits; In the past 12 years, Micky’s has been sued 11 times, and only once been forced to pay, which turned out to be a measly $1,082 to a promoter.
Judge Elizabeth Allen White will preside over the case once (and if) it finally moves into a courtroom. We just hope the plaintiffs can manage to wash all that semen off of their faces—we googled her, and she doesn’t look like a lady that’s down for those kind of shenanigans.
Photo above by: Chuck on foursquare for iPhone