The terms "exotic dancer" and "Fair Labor Standards Act" are as congruent as finding salvation underneath a strip club's roof, but a few Atlanta strippers are currently fed up with not being paid and they are taking legal action against their employer.
Brittany Thompson, Jennifer Hight, Katherine Bellows and Danielle McElroy have recently filed suit with Diamond Club located on 1715 Northside Dr NW for being shorted what was owed to them outside of the dollar bills swept on the floor. And no, their dancer names were not made available for this report.
The women are seeking the return of unpaid wages, alleged illegal kickback payments, interest, attorney's fees and costs.They are also seeking class-action status to cover about 200 more current and former dancers who have worked at the club over the past three years.
The plaintiffs, some of whom have worked at the club since 2009, said their job was to perform as nude dancers and provide other entertainment to customers. They claim the club, however, has classified them as independent contractors rather than employees.
The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta claims Diamond has “maintained a pattern and practice of not paying wages, not paying for overtime wages, failing to provide proper time for required lunch and rest breaks and otherwise failing to provide statutorily mandated wages and compensation.”
The suing strippers are also complaining about various taxes and tariffs that they have to cough up. That includes 10 percent for having a DJ spin their songs while they are performing, 10 percent of their tips, and fees for the manager, VIP sales, credit cards and late-arrival and early-leave fees.
Which, behoves all young ladies in the area to just attend Spelman. The job you earn upon graduation will allow you to keep more of your paycheck and you can do it fully clothed.
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