HOUSTON – A Houston nightclub is facing legal action over
its admission practices.
Houston resident Kanisha Hatchett filed a lawsuit against
Club 2301, LLC and Club 2301 Management, LLC on Jan. 2 in the Houston Division
of the Southern District of Texas on claims Clé discriminates against black
Per Hatchett, she went to Clé on the night of Dec. 10, 2016
for a party which her friend had reserved a private table with bottle service.
“When Hatchett sought entrance to the venue, a security
guard stopped her and told her that she would not be allowed entrance except
for having reserved a table or being on the guest list,” the suit says.
Court papers further show that while the plaintiff attempted
to contact her friend, she noticed two white females try to enter the venue.
“When the Caucasian females approached the security guard he
proceeded to tell them the same admission requirements that he had relayed to
Hatchett,” the suit says.
“The two Caucasian females told the security guard that they
had not reserved a table and that they were not on the guest list. However, upon
being told this the security guard allowed the two Caucasian females entrance
into the venue.”
Hatchett purportedly realized that “the entrance requirements
were a pretextual reason to deny her admission to enter” Clé. According to the
suit, she left the club “embarrassed and humiliated because she was not allowed
admission based on her race.”
“Clé maintains an entrance policy of table reservations and
a guest list as a pretextual reason to discriminate against prospective African
American patrons,” the complaint says.
Consequently, Hatchett seeks unspecified monetary damages
and a jury trial.
She is represented by attorney Ike Okorafor of the Okorafor
Law Group in Houston.
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