Party people move for ladies' night

Local | Kenneth Lau 19 Apr 2016

Nightclub and bar operators in entertainment district Lan Kwai Fong are hitting back against the Equal Opportunities Commission in a way they know best by throwing a party.

Also aiming to join in the fun is the Liberal Party, with youth committee chairman Dominic Lee Tsz-king saying talks are underway for a "ladies' night," with details to be announced in the next two weeks.

"We have no fear about our party revolution," said Lee after leading a protest outside commission offices in Tai Koo yesterday.

"We will deliberately launch a ladies' night in some clubs to see who will sue us."

He said the party is also seeking advice about the potential legal risks.

The move comes after the commission filed a case on behalf of a man who then won his lawsuit against a karaoke bar and disco company for holding discriminatory ladies' nights.

Angry nightclub and bar operators have also decided to take "strong action" to defend what they describe as their traditional and promotional strategies following a three-hour meeting yesterday.

Hong Kong Bar and Club Association vice chairman Chin Chun-wing said: "We must take strong action to respond to the case."

Chin said about 30 bar and nightclub operators had attended the meeting and expressed fears of closure as most of their revenue up to HK$600,000 a night comes from ladies' nights.He also fears the banning of such nights will affect tourism.

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