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$12.9 Settlement Approved in Exotic Dancers Employment Class Action


Los Angeles, CA: A $12.9 million settlement has been approved by a federal judge ending a three year long employment class action brought by exotic dancers who alleged the strip clubs they worked for denied them benefits by classifying the dancers as independent contractors.

The lawsuit alleged that the owners of the nightclubs, located in California, Kentucky, Idaho, Texas, Nevada and Florida, helped themselves to over half of the dancers' tips, penalized them for not selling enough drinks to customers and made the dancers pay stage fees for dancing. The Spearmint Rhino nightclub is among the defendants.

Under the terms of the settlement, the clubs will treat dancers as employees, partners or shareholders in their businesses, and in California, dancers will no longer have to cough up pay-to-perform fees. Dancers who do not make a written claim to the fund will not be paid; any remaining funds will go back to the strip clubs. The dancers who were named plaintiffs in the class action will receive incentive fees for the time and "professional and personal risk"they incurred by being named in the lawsuit.

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Published on Oct-13-12


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My name is Kassondra north I have worked at numerous men's clubs over the past four years some including penthouse, gold club, and crazy horse Cabernet. They all have charged stage fees and tip outs as well as taking money from each dance you did example if you did a single song the club would charge the customer 40 and you would only receive 25 of that. And if you did private VIP dances the club would receive money as well examples for that is if you were doing a half hour the club would charge 250 you would receive 135 and so on. Stage rental fees would be based on what time you arrived if you arrived later the more you had to pay. Tip out was encouraged to the floor guys but if you didn't tip out then they would tell you that you would regret it they would find a way to make your time not pleasant if you needed help with money on stage they wouldn't help you out even though there would be floor guys everywhere or they would find a reason to tell you you were no longer needed as a dancer or your contract is no longer wanted also you will insure job security only if you have sexual relations with management and if you quote on the unjust or unfair ways of favoritism or speak on anything that you know isn't right then you aren't needed as a dancer at their club it's not okay or fair it's
Really a bunch of nonsense women are treated as we are slaves or something we are undermined like we are beneath the management but we are supposed to be independent contractors but we pay to work and we work to possibly not have work tomorrow based on if we are paying enough money or if we are sleeping with management or not.

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