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Is Mother's Day Discriminatory Against Men?

It's May 8, 2004. The Oakland A's play the Minnesota Twins on Mothers' Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Day, offering a prize to the first 7500 women in attendance. A male lawyer from San Diego makes his way to Oakland, pays his admission, then sues and obtains $510,000 (roughly half to him, half to "victims" who will receive $50 in damages if they can prove they attended the game) for violation of a California anti-discrimination suit. [A similar suit against the L.A. Angels of Anaheim was thrown out, the judge in that case being of the view that recognizing women on Mother's Day was not an "arbitrary, class-based" distinction prohibited by law.]

"Gee, I wonder what a sue-happy lawyer from San Diego would be doing at an A's-Twins game the very day that they were holding a women-only giveaway?", wonders ESPN's Rick Reilly... Herewith a snippet of Reilly's prose: "I'm surprised he didn't want his free mammogram, too. Personally, I find Mr. Rava as odorous as a bag of dyspeptic hamsters. He's a greasy manipulator who has found a small leak in American law and stuck an open wallet under it."



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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