A WEARSIDE social club is under investigation after drinkers tried to throw out a woman who went into the bar.
A Mill View Social Club committee member asked the woman to leave because her presence “upset” the regulars.
But any move to exclude women from the club is banned under the Equality Act 2010, which makes it illegal for venues to discriminate against customers on the basis of gender.
Now the club has called an extraordinary meeting to change its rules after becoming the subject of an investigation by the Working Men’s Club and Institute Union (CIU).
Chairman Billy Angus said there had been no formal complaint: “No-one has come to us to complain of discrimination or we would have dealt with it.”
Club secretary Tony Anderson said the woman had not been ordered to leave the bar.
“Quite a few of the male members were upset about it, so the committee member went over and politely asked her to leave,” he said.
“It wasn’t an order or anything like that. She refused and that was that.”
CIU general secretary Mick McGlashan confirmed the organisation was investigating the reports.
“We are a responsible organisation and we do not support clubs who transgress Government legislation,” he said.
“In this modern day and age, it is totally unacceptable that ladies are treated a different way to men.
“Women are the breadwinners in a lot of cases and ladies are going to war for our country.
“If this lady goes to the Equality Commission, she would have a case.
“A lot of clubs don’t seem to realise that it is an offence and they can be taken to court.
“Some clubs are hanging on to the past and they need to take a look at themselves and they need to change.”