A 21-year-old woman has accused the bouncers at her local pub of discrimination after she was banned from dancing on the bar because she was told she was too fat.
ABC News reports Jordan Ramos, a student at the University of Iowa, who describes herself as ‘plus-sized’, says she was with friends at Union Bar in Iowa City last month when she tried to climb onto the bar.
Miss Ramos says she was told to get back on the floor because she ‘was not pretty enough’ and was ‘obviously pregnant’.
Outraged: Jordan Ramos, a 21-year-old student at the University of Iowa, has slammed bouncers at Union Bar in Iowa City
ABC reports the bouncer told Miss Ramos the bar was at capacity during a night out on March 3.
She told the network she waited until a few girls stepped off to make room and tried a second time to stand on the platform – but was stopped again.
Miss Ramos said a friend confronted the manager, but he refused to discuss the matter and asked the women to leave.
A follow-up email sent by Miss Ramos was never answered, she said.
‘There was only one difference: I am a plus-sized individual,’ she told ABC.
‘The bouncer said “Look, you will never get up on this platform. Go back to the dance floor where you belong.”‘
Local hangout: Miss Ramos says she was with friends at Union Bar when she tried to climb onto the bar – and was turned away
Bar scene: Miss Ramos says a bouncer stopped her from climbing the platform with her thin friends because she was ‘not pretty enough’
She returned to the bar again on April 14, and was again rejected.
‘He said, “You’re not pretty enough and you’re pregnant.” I said, “I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that I am not pregnant.”
‘He then looked at my stomach and said, “You obviously are.” They knew I was not pregnant; it was there way of calling me fat without having to actually say it,’ she said.
Miss Ramos filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission, but officials told her they could not investigate because size discrimination is not illegal.
The incidents, she said, have made her question her worth.
She told the Des Moines Register: ‘It made me start questioning myself and thinking, “Are my friends so much better than me?” I know they’re thinner, but those bouncers made them seem more valuable.’
She told the website she was surprised the incidents took place in Iowa City, which she considers ‘open-minded’.
‘We all paid the same cover to get into the Union, but we’re not given access to all the same things they have to offer,’ she said. ‘I feel like it is their job to provide everybody a great time, especially if everybody pays the same price.’
A manager for The Union Bar did not respond to MailOnline’s request for comment.