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The minor league baseball team faces a discrimination lawsuit for running a ladies night promotion

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The Fresno Grizzlies, a minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, faced a discrimination lawsuit over a “Ladies Night” promotion from last season.

According to YourCentralValley.com, the lawsuit was filed against the team last week. It depends on the promotion from May 25, 2023, in which female fans had free entry to the ballpark, while men and “non-binary people” had to pay to enter Chukchansi Park.

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The Fresno Grizzlies host Visalia Rawhide on May 9, 2023. (Ron Holman/Visalia Times-Delt/USA Today Network)

Harry Crouch, the male plaintiff in the lawsuit, said he paid $18 to get into the stadium, while the female plaintiff, Christine Johnson, was able to get to the game for free.

“The Fresno Grizzlies’ ill-conceived ‘Ladies’ Night’ promotion seemingly sexualized female fans, treating them as little more than sexual bait to entice men to purchase game tickets. This weakened the Grizzlies’ male-dominated front.” “The firm has managed to pull off a rare trifecta of gender discrimination – misogyny, exosexism and misogyny all at once – by treating female, non-binary and male fans unequally based solely on their gender treated,” said Alfred Rava, the plaintiffs’ attorney the station in a statement.

Kevin Little, a Fresno-based attorney, said any organization that holds similar events risks violating the Unruh Act.

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A bag of baseballs at the minor league game between the Fresno Grizzlies and the Tacoma Rainiers on May 21, 2019 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. (Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The law “provides protection from discrimination by all business operations in California, including housing and public accommodations, on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.”

The Grizzlies did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

Fresno fans saw the Grizzlies win the game over Stockton Ports 10-2.

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Starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez III of the Fresno Grizzlies pitches against the Las Vegas Aviators on April 14, 2019 at Las Vegas Ballpark. (Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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