From the LA Times:
A Los Angeles psychologist who was denied a tote bag during a Mother’s Day giveaway at an Angel game is suing the baseball team, alleging sex and age discrimination.
Michael Cohn’s class-action claim in Orange County Superior Court alleges that thousands of males and fans under 18 were “treated unequally” at a “Family Sunday” promotion last May and are entitled to $4,000 each in damages.
$4,000… for not getting a bag and being treated unequally? For this?
My first reaction is that this is a nuisance suit. My second reaction is that this is more evidence of PC run amok. My third reaction is that the bag is very tacky. That sort of thing’s not my bag, baby.
So, what are the Angels doing this year for Mother’s Day?
This year’s Family Sunday promotion, to be held this weekend, will not specifically cater to women 18 and older. The first 25,000 fans — male or female — 18 or older will be given a red “Mother’s Day Ladies Tote Bag.”
Mead declined to say whether the change to this year’s promotion was made in response to Cohn’s complaint.
“It was done after a lot of internal discussions,” he said.
And, no doubt, a lot of rolled eyes.
HT to Sports Business Daily.
Addendum 1: Kip notes in the comments to my Market Power post that this suit legitimately falls under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. Here’s some information on that act.
(Cross-posted at Market Power)
Addendum 2: Here’s a Market Power post on a similar lawsuit filed against the A’s by the same lawyer who is handling Mr. Cohn’s case.