Iowa Student Claims She Was Not Allowed To Dance On Bar For Being Too Big
IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS St. Louis) – A University of Iowa student claims she was forbidden to dance on a bar with her friends because she was too big.
Jordan Ramos, 21, says she was humiliated when security guards at a local bar discriminated against her for her plus-size figure.
Ramos encountered the issue at Union Bar in Iowa City when she wanted to dance on a platform with her friends, the Des Moines Register reports.
Security guards reportedly prohibited Ramos from dancing there, and told her it was because she was “obviously pregnant” and “not pretty enough.”
“It made me start questioning myself and thinking, ‘Are my friends so much better than me?’” she said to the Register. “I know they’re thinner, but those bouncers made them seem more valuable.”
George Wittgraf, the owner of the bar, told the paper that he was not aware of the situation, and did not approve of such conduct from his employees. He declined to comment further.
Ramos has allegedly been to the Union Bar twice in the past two months, and both times was stopped from dancing on the platform, which overlooks the dance floor.
She is reportedly considering filing a formal complaint with the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.
Attempts made by CBS St. Louis to reach representatives from the Union Bar were not immediately answered.