Australia’s hotel industry has been rocked by a court’s ruling that a prostitute was illegally discriminated against by a motel owner who refused to rent her a room to work from.
The ruling has stunned hotel and motel owners, who thought they had a right to decide what sort of businesses were operating from their premises.
The prostitute, identified only as GK, went to Australia‘s courts alleging discimination after being banned from the Drovers Rest Motel in the coal mining town of Moranbah in Queensland.
The prostitute stayed at the motel 17 times in two years before the owners discovered in 2010 that she was bringing clients to her room. She was then banned from staying there.
“Not everyone would choose to do the job I do, but it’s not right that they can treat me like as second-class citizen,” she told The Australian.
“They wanted me to go away, but I am a tenacious little terrier, and I would not give up,” she said.
A tenacious bitch, indeed…
Richard Munro, chief executive of the Accommodation Association of Australia, a tourism industry lobby group, said the Queensland and Australian governments should consider changing laws to ensure that hotel and motel owners can decide what sort of businesses are being operated under their roofs.
“It’s absolutely illogical,” Mr Munro said. “If a hairdresser decided to set up shop in the motel and started inviting people in to get their hair cut, I think the motel owner would have the right to say, ‘Hang on, that’s a different business operating out of my business’. If a prostitute decided to start working out of a shopping mall, the owners would have something to say about it. There is some protection for the rights of the motel owner here.”
Exactly; there ought to be protection for them. WTF?
Once again, business owners don’t have the right to conduct their businesses in whatever manner they please, if a protected special interest group (which apparently includes whores) objects…