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Georgia Supreme Court Finds Atlanta City Ordinance Banning Young Strippers Unconstitutional

By Stephanie F. Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Georgia Supreme Court has found an Atlanta City Ordinance that prohibits erotic dancers between the ages of 18 and 21 from entering the premises of adult entertainment establishments unconstitutional. The plaintiffs in this lawsuit were young dancers between the ages of 18 and 21 who challenged the constitutionality of the statute. The dancers wanted to work as strippers at a long time Atlanta establishment, the Cheetah Lounge. Under the Atlanta ordinance, however, they could not enter the premises.

The Georgia Supreme Court found that the city ordinance was pre-empted by state statutes which allow young people between the ages of 18 and 21 to work in jobs which require them to serve alcohol. By analogy, apparently, young people between the ages of 18 and 21 should also be allowed to work as strippers in adult entertainment establishments.