Lucas County Democratic Party Chairman John Irish is in hot water after holding a golf fundraiser that featured female strippers. Employees of Scarlett’s Cabaret in Toledo and Club Diamonds in Oregon staffed the drink carts, and at least one woman raised her top and dropped her shorts for a group of golfers.
Amid calls for his resignation, Irish apologized for “the embarrassment that it caused the party” and pledged to donate $1,200 from party funds—the amount the party received from members of the adult entertainment industry—to the YWCA. The party will also insert a bylaw into its constitution requiring a “high standard of behavior” at its events, and plans to form a task force to recruit female candidates for public office.
“The offensive part is that he didn’t recognize it as inappropriate,” said Toledo Councilwoman Ellen Grachek, who refrained from calling for Irish’s resignation.
Final tip: Consider company-sponsored outings as an extension of the workplace, and protect yourself by publishing guidelines for appropriate behavior. Include the guidelines in your sexual harassment policy, too.