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Dancers, bartenders and workplace discrimination

In the heat of today's political climate, discrimination is a word with which nearly every American is likely familiar. Workplace discrimination has long been known to damage the emotional and physical states of all involved. When it comes to employment laws in New York, individuals have the right to address a situation legally and fairly. Nonetheless, some workers in the state have recently expressed difficulty in resolving their disputes while at work.

Business Insider shares the story of frustrated New York workers who claim others in the workplace are taking away from their profits. Dancers at the now-closed Aces New York are organizing a strike against discrimination in the industry, arguing that a new type of bartender (known as "startenders") are detracting from their shows. Business Insider points out that with the rise of the social media platform Instagram, startenders are gaining more popularity than the strippers themselves. As a result, the workers onstage receive less pay. The dancers even allege that startenders receive preferential treatment while at work and urge customers to refrain from paying the dancers. Will the New York strippers strike improve the working condition for countless women? The end result may be uncertain, but workers statewide are beginning to take a stand on the matter of discrimination. 

Racism is evidently another factor at play in the tension between dancers and startenders. Earlier today, The Washington Post shared additional workplace discrimination news that most of the strippers in the area tend to be black women, while the bartenders are usually Latina or white. Many strip club owners, however, claim that racism has been a part of the industry for decades; the clubs, instead of the women, are the ones to make such decisions. Some startenders suggest that the divide is in part due to a simple trend. Regardless of the cause, it is clear that innerworkings of the industry are shifting significantly, having sparked debate on all sides of the matter.    

 

  

    

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