LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An El Segundo woman is suing a strip club after she was allegedly barred from entering the establishment without being accompanied by a male.

Tamara Yatkin, 54, filed the complaint Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Paradise Showgirls located at 14310 Valley Blvd. in City of Industry.

According to the lawsuit, Yatkin went to the club on June 29, 2013, on the recommendation of a longtime customer. Upon her arrival, she asked the doorman about the cover charge and whether the club accepted discounts from other clubs, the lawsuit states.

After the doorman told Yatkin the price and asked her if she was alone, she was told “she had to be accompanied by a man to enter the club,” according to the lawsuit.

When an “incredulous” Yatkin asked the doorman if he was joking, the unidentified man replied, “It is policy,” the suit states.

According to the lawsuit, Yatkin “reassured the man that she was not a problem, that she was a lesbian who wanted to spend money and have a good time,” but the doorman refused to allow her to enter the club.

She is seeking an injunction preventing the club from requiring lesbians and other females to be accompanied by a man before they are allowed inside, as well as unspecified damages.

A representative of Paradise Showgirls was not immediately available for comment.

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