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Exotic Dancers Win $300K Settlement in Unpaid Wages Class Action Lawsuit

This is a settlement for the Donning-Doffing lawsuit.

Martinsburg, WV: An employment class action lawsuit filed by two former exotic dancers has been settled. The lawsuit was filed by Arielle Jordan, also known as Queen, and Patrice Ruffin, also known as Karma, who worked as exotic dancers at Entertainment of the Eastern Panhandle Inc. is doing business as the Legz Clubs.

According to the lawsuit, Jordan worked approximately four nights a week and Ruffin approximately five. During the plaintiffs' employment, the defendants required the plaintiffs to arrive at work at approximately 6:30 p.m. and allowed them to conclude their work duties at approximately 3:30 a.m., according to the suit. Jordan and Ruffin assert in the class action that the defendants did not pay either of them any wages for work duties performed and the defendants implemented and utilized a system whereby each of them was required and compelled to pay the defendants, out of personal tips, $10 for each private dance performed.

Further, the lawsuit alleged the plaintiffs were required to pay the defendants $40 out of her personal tips for each session in the Champagne Room, $30 for each session in the "shower room"and $10 each night to the bartender and $10 to the disk jockey.

. The plaintiffs also claimed the defendants failed to pay them at an hourly rate at least equal to the minimum wage, and therefore, were in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Of the total $347,000 settlement, $194,500 shall be paid to the FLSA Collective Members and Rule 23 Class Members over time.

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Published on Oct-7-13


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