The Seville Series: Britta Linehan

This woman with dreadlocks is named Britta Linehan.


Britta worked as a cocktail server at Seville during my employment. Her facebook occupation states that she is a “gypsy at the universe.” I didn't find any online evidence of Romani heritage, but perhaps I missed it.

Britta was nice to me at Seville during a time when a lot of the staff members were not. For this reason, I contacted her before my arbitration. I wanted to see if she would be willing to testify about some common knowledge and policies at Seville. To my unpleasant surprise, she didn't want to. Britta wrote things to me such as,

“clearly I don't know your personal experience, and if anything harmful happened to you that is 100% wrong. In the end though, maybe you should find a different profession IMPO as opposed to working in clubs and suing them," and, “It's clear what your agenda is," and, “find a new career.”

Britta Linehan's opinion on labor rights is one that a lot of people mistakenly believe. People like Britta believe that if a worker does not like her workplace or industry, leaving it would be best. This logic tells women that if they are being oppressed, they should give up and go away, rather than stand up for themselves. Britta's weekend, minimum wage and title VII protections all exist because labor rights activists of past generations fought and died for her rights, instead of just packing up and leaving in hopes of a better situation some place else. I doubt Britta gets too deep with any of that. After all, she posted a petition on her facebook that was circulating around Minneapolis, opposing the raise on minimum wages for people in the service industry.

Women and abused employees don't need to go some place else because someone is hurting them. It's understandable that they do sometimes, but it is also great when they choose to make their abusers and oppressors uncomfortable. Fighting back is a good thing, but people like Britta are just really dumb and complicit, so they don't get it.

I danced for almost nine years before ever suing a strip club. In total, I've only sued about 10% of strip clubs I have worked. I could have sued more, but it is exhausting and emotionally draining to do.

Many times over the past couple of years, I have been accused of being an opportunistic con artist by dumb people with emotional ties to abusers, who don't understand how social change happens. My agenda is to stand my ground and hold my oppressors accountable for their actions. In a way, I am not the right kind of victim that people normally sympathize with. Because I sometimes go to great lengths to stand up for myself instead of cowering, people tend to think that I am sophisticated enough to control a workplace situation and stop bad things from happening to me. That is not always true. Bad things have happened to me, and I often cannot stop them from happening. But, that doesn't mean I am going to be terrorized away from an entire industry and let my abusers win. People like Britta tend to sympathize more with victims who cower and quit. Dreadlocked Britta is a clown and a walking example of the hypocrisy of ShitLib cities like Minneapolis.