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Deja Vu Exotic Dancers Wage and Hour Lawsuit

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Exotic dancers working at Deja Vu nightclubs over the past three years filed a class action lawsuit claiming back wages, liquidated damages, penalties and injunctive relief. The exotic dancer class action lawsuit, Jane Doe et al v. Deja Vu et al., Case Number 2:16-cv-10877 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleged that the gentlemen's club had misclassified dancers as independent contractors, rather than employees.

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Deja Vu Dancer Employment Lawsuit

In the class action lawsuit, originally filed by an unidentified dancer (i.e., Jane Doe) along with eight other dancers in 2008, the Deja Vu dancers claim they were misclassified as independent contractors, as opposed to employees, and as a result, they were not paid minimum wages as required by FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) and the MWL (Michigan Minimum Wage Law). They were also not allowed to retain all the tips given to them, and were forced to split them with their employer.

Deja Vu Dancer Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

In February, 2017, a $6.5 million settlement agreement created two settlement pools from which both current and former dancers would be compensated. The compensation amounts for the dancers depend on which club the dancer is/was employed by and how long they had worked for Deja Vu Consulting, Inc. The settlement also includes credits for rent and fees paid as a result of being misclassified as independent contractors.

The Deja Vu settlement also sets forth new processes to ensure that Deja Vu dancers are properly classified and paid in accordance with labor laws.

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$6.5 Million Settlement for Déjà Vu Dancers Approved, But Delayed on Appeal
$6.5 Million Settlement for Déjà Vu Dancers Approved, But Delayed on Appeal
August 8, 2017
Detroit, MI: A settlement deal worth $6.5 million that was given preliminary approval in February of this year was granted final approval in June, ending about a decade of legal wrangling involving a gentlemen’s club franchise and the dancers who toiled within. The Déjà Vu lawsuit combined a somewhat unique sector with an old problem: whether or not dancers, in this case, are indeed employees or independent contractors [READ MORE]

Appeal Could Delay Deja Vu Club Class Action Settlement Payments
Appeal Could Delay Deja Vu Club Class Action Settlement Payments
July 12, 2017
Detroit, Michigan: Even though a federal judge granted approval of a $6.5 million settlement in a labor violations class action involving Deja Vu nightclubs, payment to class members will be delayed until the appeal is resolved [READ MORE]


READER COMMENTS

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Crystal C. Fagan
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Hello my name is Crystal Fagan, and I wanted to know if I can also file in the class action? I have worked for Deja Vu for many years, and some of my fellow dancers have received an email regarding this class action. How do I file or claim in the class action? Is my name on a list? Please contact me via email. Thank you.

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