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  • Aline. Hebert February 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I wonder if I’m going to be in this lawsuit If I Had. I had that website

  • Sarah Barnett February 23, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    02/23/2017

    This is in regards to the above article that that commented on the labor practices of strip clubs.

    I am currently an independent (non-employee) entertainer at multiple clubs. I have been in the industry since I was 19 and, 7 years later, I am proud of what I do and the fact that it has provided a great living for my family and child. Even having a “day job” as well, I would never have been able to support my family and our lifestyle without the opportunity.

    I feel that you unknowingly misrepresented the viewpoint of many professional entertainers regarding our employment status, so I wanted to offer some commentary on these issues so that you might understand how most dancers really think, rather than just regurgitating the skewed opinions of lawyers.

    The fact is, most dancers do NOT want to be employees. I am speaking from first-hand experience. Most want to remain the successful, independent businesswomen they currently are. Stripping is a serious career with serious money and the predatory lawyers who spew these lawsuits are ruining our ability to make a living. Here are some reasons why:

    1. Being an employee means that we won’t be able to earn as much money. Employees at any business generally can’t work more than 40 hours per week. Some weeks I have more bills, so I need to be able to work more than 40 hours if I want. I do not want my income capped!

    2. Being an employee means that we won’t be able to travel or work at multiple clubs. One of the biggest benefits to be independent is that I can work in other states or at multiple clubs if I want.

    3. I need flexibility. As a contractor, I can set my own schedule and come and go as I please with the hours I choose. As a single working Mom, I couldn’t survive without this benefit! Employees are scheduled and that’s something that doesn’t work with my situation.

    4. I need cash nightly. Employees get a paycheck. I want to keep getting my nightly cash so I can take care of my bills. Enough said.

    5. I want to be able to do my own creative shows and set my own goals. As a contractor, I get to choose my own outfits and set up my own performances. This individuality is important to me and my income.

    6. I want to be able to keep more of my own money. If we were employees, the clubs would have to keep more of the money that guests give us to cover payroll and administrative fees. I can’t allow the income that I make to go to fund a dumb bureaucracy!

    Being an employee takes away most of the benefits of being a dancer in the first place. It is neither fair nor desirable to us.

    Those are just some of the reasons I am proud to be an independent entertainer. I do NOT want to be an employee, nor do most dancers I know. These lawsuits have to stop so we can focus on taking care of our own business and families. Predatory attorneys cause these lawsuits, try to get dancers like myself to sign up with the “promise” of big money, and then end up taking all of the settlement money for themselves. Leave strip clubs alone!

    Sincerely,

    Sarah

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