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February 20, 2001
Waitresses Say Brothel Has Less Restrictive Dress Code
The protesters drew comparisons between Harrah's dress code policies and those of the notorious Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a well-known brothel in nearby Dayton, Nev.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Harrah's cocktail waitresses are required to wear lipstick and makeup, shoes with heels at least one inch high and hair that is teased, curled or styled. Workers are also required to be "well-groomed, appealing to the eye, be firm and body toned."
However, prostitutes at the Bunny Ranch are not permitted to wear jeans, bare feet or bathroom slippers. Makeup is optional and their hair must only be clean, according to the brothel's owner, Dennis Hof, who said everything else goes.
"I don't sell anything but sex and I'm not concerned about makeup," Hof was quoted. "Harrah's is not selling sex but they want their girls to be all made up."
The protesters were targeting Harrah's because the casino fired a female bartender this past summer because she refused to wear makeup, according to reports from the Associated Press. The bartender filed a discrimination complaint with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, which is investigating.
O, Nev. - Claiming their dress code requirements are more restrictive than those at a local brothel, cocktail waitresses at Harrah's Reno, union workers and activists rallied outside the casino Friday to protest its policies.