Can a strip club ban significant others from entering if the boyfriend or girlfriend works at the club?

Asked almost 5 years ago - San Francisco, CA

I am from San Francisco and my girlfriend is an exotic dancer at one of the clubs in the city. I have been told by one of the managers there that I could not be in the club. He said it was a written rule somewhere with the corporation that owns many of the clubs in San francisco. I find that hard to believe. Have my civil rights been violated? I honestly came in to have food, drinks and a dance just like any other patron. I have been to another club where my gf worked at and the manager was fine with me being there. I am not a trouble maker and feel like I've been discriminated against. Does any lawyer on here think I have a case?

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  1. Zachary James Levine


    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . Yes, the owner of the club can probably ban you from entering if your significant other works there (or for any number of other reasons). You may have seen signs in different establishments that say "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." As long as you are not being kept out on the basis of your race, religion, national origin, or on the basis of your membership to some other protected class, you are not actually being discriminated against and you can be kept from entering. As a private club the owner is given much more leeway in determining who enters than is allowed for public areas.

    As you have already discovered, while all clubs have the right to refuse you entrance based on your relationship, not all do. Rather than seeking legal action you will probably be better off talking to your girlfriend about working at another club with different rules.

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