Canada: Stripper says she was fired over age

Whitchurch-Stouffville

October 04, 2008 12:43 AM

Stouffville dancer told club going ‘younger’
By: Louie Rosella

Kimberlee Ouwroulis doesn’t believe her age should be a roadblock to success.

So, the 44-year-old adult dancer from Stouffville has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, alleging the owner of a Mississauga strip club fired her because she was too old.

“He told me that the club is going in a new direction with younger girls,” Ms Ouwroulis said. “That’s age discrimination to me.”

The complaint, filed Sept. 16 to the tribunal, alleges that John Sit, owner of the New Locomotion Strip Club on Matheson Blvd., got rid of Ms Ouwroulis back on June 6 because of her age.

The complaint also names other dancers as witnesses and Ms Ouwroulis said they, too, are preparing human rights complaints against the owner.

None of the allegations have been proven before a tribunal hearing.

Repeated calls to Mr. Sit weren’t returned yesterday.

Margaret Leighton, counsel to the chair of the human rights tribunal, confirmed the case is before the tribunal, but that a hearing date has yet to be set.

Ms Ouwroulis, who goes by the stage name Kristy, has been dancing for four years.

She worked at Locomotion for most of those four years and is now employed at a Pickering-area strip club.

The tribunal’s mandate is to resolve applications brought under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Ms Ouwroulis will seek close to $100,000 in her application.

She said she earned close to $8,000 a month while at Locomotion and was one of the hardest-working and most-liked employees.

“I was the older girl but the girl who looked great,” she said. “I was never in trouble at work. I’ve never been reprimanded. I don’t have a criminal record … I am just a professional worker who takes dancing very seriously.”

– with files from mississauga.net

http://www.yorkregion.com/article/82294

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