Richmond strip club lawsuit may move forward

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jul 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-17 18:47:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the Paper Moon Strip Club by a former male employee might move forward, but many of the charges will likely be streamlined.

Jeron Jones, who used to work at the Paper Moon as a deejay, told Federal District Court Judge James Spencer Tuesday that he was the subject of racial epithets, other abuses and mistreatment, including unequal pay, by his strip club employers.

The judge said the plaintiff could not show proof of unequal pay or a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was also part of the lawsuit.

However, Judge Spencer said elements of the case might have merit and that he will be offering a written decision soon.

"You know, violation of workplace law, employment law," was how Jones described his complaints against the strip club.

"Some of the stuff that they did, I truthfully feel uncomfortable repeating," said Jones, when asked to be more specific. "Because I just don't want, I just don't want those comments repeated, you know what I mean?"

The complaint cites the Paper Moon as stating "management does not like black men working for or frequenting their business."

Defense attorneys point out that Jones never filed a complaint with the EEOC first and claim his statements are "inconsistent."