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August 2, 2007 2:37 PM

Judge tosses suit against 'ladies night' ads

Denver County Court has come down squarely in favor of bars being able to advertise their intent to serve cheaper drinks to women.

Ads for "Ladies Nights" don't run afoul of state civil rights laws said Judge Brian Campbell in a suit brought by Steve Homer against Westword, reports Berny Morson.

After the verdict, Homer claimed the judge "missed a great trial" and compared himself to "black people in the early part of the last century ... being cheated out of their civil rights."

Horner, who moved to Denver from Minneapolis last year, has complained to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission about bars that sell drinks at a lower price to women than men. Horner acted as his own lawyer. He told Campbell he feels "resentful, disrespected, humiliated having my civil rights ripped away" by discriminatory drink prices.

In the wake of the ruling, RockyTalk Live announces all ladies get two comments for the price of one.

Discussion

  • August 2, 2007

    2:58 PM

    gr8fuldude writes:

    If the picture on his website is accurate, I think this guy has no business objecting to ladies' night since he could use all the help he can get.

    http://stevehornerbooks.com/coach.phtml

  • August 2, 2007

    3:51 PM

    shaggy writes:

    Its double standard I tell you, the other night I was at a bar and they had a sign that said you must wear shoes and a shirt to get service and they had another sign that said if you are a woman with no shirt you will get free drinks.

  • August 2, 2007

    3:56 PM

    Ben writes:

    In light of other ridiculous civil rights suits his does have merit.

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    9:00: Time for post Ladies Night!

  • August 2, 2007

    4:35 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Dear Homer:

    If you're THAT upset about Ladies Nights, why not giddayup on down to Trinidad, and come back a changed woman so you can enjoy all the good times and perks you think women get. Uh, and since you'll be of the female gender, do be prepared to take a pay cut.

    D'OH.

  • August 2, 2007

    4:43 PM

    Don't have a COW, man!! writes:

    Geez, Homer here's what ya gotta do:

    1. Hair-plant

    2. Get those skanky teeth fixed and whitened.

    3. Buy your liquor and other sundry drinking necessities from a discount liquor store and mix it at home. Lots cheaper that way.

    4. MAYBE now you have an idea about what women go through for those "free" ladies nights out. But I doubt it.

  • August 2, 2007

    4:47 PM

    jay writes:

    What happened to business's rights to do what they please (except for give people cancer of course)?

  • August 2, 2007

    5:07 PM

    Yooper writes:

    Steve,

    Get a life. Your frivolous lawsuits show how you have no clue about how anyone else felt or feels about their own civil rights. You are taking a very serious issue and trivializing it for your own purposes.

  • August 2, 2007

    5:19 PM

    a casual disinterested observer writes:

    Would some local tavern owner kindly institute a "platitudinous, pedomorphic night" so poor, downtrodden Mr. Horner can get cheap drinks?

  • August 2, 2007

    5:42 PM

    Evan writes:

    In the story it mentions that he moved from Minneapolis. What it doesn't say is that he did the same thing here and won his case. It ruined Ladies Nights for the entire state of Minnesota. Be glad that your judges in Colorado didn't buy his BS the way they did here.

  • August 3, 2007

    4:44 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    Evan

    I am curious what arguments he used in that state that is so different here.

  • August 3, 2007

    5:53 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    Men do have an equivalent of "ladies night" every night after work. It's called Happy Hour!!! And yes, we ladies get to take advantage of it as well.


  • August 3, 2007

    9:25 AM

    Dustin Sharp writes:

    I wonder if people would not think of this as a big deal if it were "Black Night," where if you are black you get reduced price drinks and no cover charge. By most of today's standards sexual discrimination is frowned upon like racial discrimination. Of course, why would we care about discrimination if it BENEFITS the ladies?

  • August 3, 2007

    11:15 AM

    Crazy people are everywhere writes:

    What's next a lawsuit banning Senior Citizen discounts?

    Where is the ACLU when you need them.

    This is a national disgrace!

    Just a joke for you who take everything so serious.

  • August 3, 2007

    12:05 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Dustin,

    As per the "logic" of reverse discrimination, (non-white) Night would be perfectly O.K.. It would be making up for the transgressions of the evil whitey.

    You have to remember that this lawsuit was brought about by a white-male character that probably has a hard time getting a date. He obviously does not understand what "Ladies Night" is all about, getting the babes in for him to hit on.

    Scott

  • August 3, 2007

    1:37 PM

    history buff writes:

    Doesn't Homer have an alternative remedy than getting an injunction against Ladies Night? Couldn't he sue for damages? I suggest he get rip roaring drunk then sue the bar for the difference between what it would have cost him as a lady compared to a man. Of course, if he was a lady, maybe he could get a man to buy him drinks. When one of my buddies buys drinks, they expect reciprocity.

  • August 3, 2007

    3:08 PM

    David Hakala writes:

    It seems the judge ruled that Colorado's civil rights laws do not apply to publishers of advertisements for ladies' nights. Westword was the defendant in this case. This leaves Homer's civil-rights complaint against the owners of establishments that offer ladies' night specials open.

    The solution is pretty simple and should please everyone: have separate drink-specials nights for men and women.

    Hell, throw in nights for gays, lesbians, and the gender-confused, too. That covers Sunday through Friday, the slowest nights in bar life.

    Society needs all the free drinks it can get.

  • August 3, 2007

    8:35 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Its very simple Folks

    All Guys and Gals should be treated equally at the Saloon

    Ya see in Crawford everyone gits drunk and uses the same toilet

    There is no mens or womens room
    we all go outside and take care of business.

    W

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