We, the dancers of Magic Tavern, demand that club management respect our right to a safe, dignified, and healthy work environment free of unlawful retaliation and intimidation. Since Magic Tavern opened on November 24, 2022, dancers have been subjected to dangerous working conditions and a lack of professionalism from the primary owner, Benjamin Donohue, and staff members.
On March 26th, Magic Tavern began contacting individual dancers via the club’s official Instagram account - @magictavernpdx, as well as through text message, informing them that they were being removed from the schedule due to, “excessive complaining and inappropriate comments”. Some dancers were removed, but not notified by club management, and others quit in solidarity.
In response to dancers communicating their grievances, Magic Tavern retaliated by removing dancers from the schedule and thus denying them of their source of income. The dancers have come together to address their concerns and share their experiences from working at Magic Tavern. Collectively, we have compiled a list of demands that outlines the conditions under which we would consider returning to work at Magic Tavern. This is relayed in a petition directed towards acting owner, Benjamin Donohue, and club management under his direction.
Sex work is work, and as workers we deserve to be treated with respect – not have our jobs threatened when we ask for the bare minimum: safety and dignity. Magic Tavern touted itself as being a safe space. It promised to address and correct concerns brought by dancers. Magic Tavern has turned its back on us. Support the striking dancers, please share our stories, sign our petition, donate to our strike fund, and don’t cross the picket line. Put the pressure on @magictavernpdx to do the right thing.
Sign our petition at: https://www.change.org/support-magic-tavern-dancers