On May 16, 2019, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Danny’s Restaurant, LLC, a jury before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi awarded $3.3 million to five African-American strippers in a race-discrimination case against Danny’s Cabaret (“Danny’s), a strip club.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Danny’s, alleging that the Jackson, Mississippi strip club limited when Black women could work, while White strippers had more flexible schedules, and fined only Black women $25 if they did not show up for their shift. Essentially, Black dancers were only allowed to work during their scheduled shifts, and if a Black dancer did not show up for her scheduled shift, she was fined. White dancers were not required to schedule their work shifts in advance, but were free simply to appear for shifts at their discretion; nor were they threatened with fines for not showing up on any certain days. This system was later replaced with a quota system: the number of Black dancers who could dance on a given night depended on how many White dancers were present.