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UI student banned from dance floor seeks size discrimination awareness


Platform dancing at the Union Bar in Iowa City will be no more after city leaders ordered the bar to take their elevated dance floor down Wednesday due to safety reasons after receiving a complaint.

The city ruled that with no guard rail, bar patrons were in danger of falling off.

The complaint likely stems from the recent attention the bar has received after employees allegedly told University of Iowa junior Jordan Ramos that because of her weight, she wasn't pretty enough to be on the elevated dance floor.

"I said you're not letting me up here because you don't find me attractive, and he said, 'yes'," Ramos said.

Speaking on TV for the first time, Ramos tells us she was denied multiple times on different nights, in spite of the fact she paid full cover for access to the bar like everybody else.

Former Union employee Austin Fall says this type of discrimination occurs at the bar regularly.

He says management ordered him to be selective in who he allowed on the platform.

"They said, yeah it's alright if they're hot and skinny but if they're fat we don't want that image," Fall said.

While Ramos says she never intended to receive as much publicity as it has, she wants to use the attention in a positive manner, and make the public aware that people are discriminated because of their size all the time.

"If this is happening in such a small town in Iowa City, where else is this happening?" Ramos said.

Ramos and many others are planning a protest in front of the bar Friday night.

We were unable to make contact with the Union bar owner, but the owner tells our coverage partners at the Press Citizen, he's sorry if something was said to Ramos.  The owner says none of his employees have admitted to making any such comments.

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