Stadium Club target of sex discrimination lawsuit
An exotic dancer on Wednesday filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Stadium Club strip club in D.C., claiming that she was coerced into having sex with a manager.
The stripper, Talayna Clements, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in D.C. She accuses the club of sexual discrimination and creating a hostile work environment, among other charges.
"I really felt abused, used, humiliated, afraid," she said Wednesday during a news conference.
According to her attorney, Clements was pressured by the club’s general manager to have sex with him.
In July, after a party with unnamed NFL players, the general manager asked Clements to have a drink with him and to perform a dance, the attorneys state. While she was dancing for the general manager, he pulled down his pants and had sex with her, the lawsuit alleges.
"The Plaintiff was scared and intimidated. She did not know what to do. So she unwillingly had sex with him for fear of losing her job and her livelihood,” the lawyers claims. “Plaintiff felt humiliated. Plaintiff felt ashamed. She also felt dirty, so she left the Stadium.”
The incidents started when the 28-year-old dancer says she was fired a year ago after undergoing a half-body tattoo of a pistol, a grenade, a switchblade and a machine gun that spelled love.
She was told the tattoo wasn’t in keeping with the club’s standards.
So she appealed and says the general manager replied.
“He asked what was I going to do for the job? To get the job back...I said nothing," she says.
That allegedly led to the July incident, where the general manager allegedly threatened to fire her if she didn’t have sex with him.
She claims her human rights were violated and that she wasn't paid but instead had to pay the club.
“We had a tip in fee with ranged for a minimum of $33 to $450,” she says. “I've paid over $580 to work on weekends.”
On March 26, a spokesperson for Stadium issued this statement regarding the allegations:
"On March 20, 2013 Stadium Club Ownership and Management were
very surprised to learn, through the evening news broadcast,
that one of the dancers who worked with us as an independent
contractor was alleging that she was asked to engage in sexual
activity with an employee of the club. The Stadium Club has a
zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual misconduct with dancers
and/or employees of the nightclub. Had these allegations been
brought to the attention of the owners or our general manager,
that employee would have been terminated immediately.
The Stadium Club ownership and management has not and will not
tolerate any sexual harassment of anyone associated with the
club in whatever capacity by any other individual associated or
employed be the club. We have worked hard to make people feel
good about working and patronizing our establishment. Given the
highly sensitive nature of this matter, we must decline any
further comment until the matter is resolved."