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Penthouse Club Dancers Win Wage Suit Class Certification

This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Santa Clara, CA: Exotic dancers working at the Penthouse Club Philadelphia have had their unpaid wages class action lawsuit certified by a Pennsylvania federal judge. The lawsuit asserts that the Penthouse Club failed to compensate the dancers on wages, and that the payments dancers receive from customers for private dances don't count as wages as set out under the Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage requirements.

The suit, brought by 22 workers, claims the Penthouse Club failed to properly pay them minimum wages because the club improperly classified them as independent contractors.

The suit was initially filed in 2013, and detailed a system in which dancers at the club were required to work a set number of hours and days per week, and follow club guidelines regarding their physical appearance, according to court documents.

The suit also alleges that as the dancers were classified as independent contractors, they had to pay “house fees” for each shift worked, and that the club was able to avoid paying the dancers state and federally mandated minimum wages for every hour worked.

Finally, the plaintiffs claim that the club imposed mandatory deductions on tips for services including "lap dances" and "sky box" private dances.

The case is Verma v. 3001 Castor Inc. et al., case number 2:13-cv-03034, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Published on Dec-1-16


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