A federal jury in Jackson returned a $3 million verdict in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the black dancers at Danny’s Downtown Cabaret in a case dating back eight years.
The lawsuit accused Danny’s, and its predecessor, Baby O’s Restaurant, of discriminatory terms and conditions of employment for years, including limiting the number of shifts black dancers could work, and subjecting them to racially offensive epithets.
“Danny’s also forced the dancers to work at a related club, Black Diamonds, even though they were subject to arrest there because they were not licensed to work at that club,” according to the EEOC. “The pay and working conditions at Black Diamonds were inferior to those at Danny’s, and there was less security there. The dancers who refused to work at Black Diamonds were fined and sent home, and not allowed to work at Danny’s.”