At L.I. strip club, was it discrimination or accommodation?

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The EEOC has taken up the case of a bartender at Long Island’s Casino Royale gentlemen’s club who claims she was demoted after her boss learned she was pregnant.

Jennifer Paviglianiti maintains she was nervous about how her boss, John Doxey, would react when she told him she was pregnant—so much so that she secretly recorded the conversation. According to the EEOC complaint, Doxey expressed concern that customers might not find a pregnant bartender “sexy.”

Then he assigned her to a cashier’s position. Cashiers typically earn less than bartenders, Paviglianiti contends.

The Casino Royale, in East Farmingdale, insists the move wasn’t discrimination, but rather an accommodation of Paviglianiti’s pregnancy.

Paviglianiti’s suit alleges discrimination based on sex, pregnancy and perceived disability. She also included a retaliation complaint. The EEOC will attempt to conciliate the matter as it investigates.

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