Saturday, January 10, 2015

TWO ATLANTA DANCERS SUING STRIP CLUB OVER UNPAID WAGES!!!

Another ATLANTA strip club is now being sued by two former dancers who claim that they were denied a minimum wage!!!

AJC reports BRANDY MIZNER-KLEARMAN and SUZETTE MAXEY said they worked for tips only at STILETTOS GENTLEMAN'S CLUB on Marietta Street NW.

They say they also were required to kick back some of what they earned to help pay for security, a DJ and a house mom.

They’re suing DOLL HOUSE II and the dancers’ supervisor, THEO LAMBROS, in U.S. DISTRICT COURT in Atlanta.

Several local clubs have been sued by exotic dancers in recent years including MAGIC CITY, TATTLETALE LOUNGE, PIN UPS, and PLEASERS.

Last January, a federal judge ruled that strippers at Pin Ups were employees, not independent contractors, and were entitled to a minimum wage and overtime pay.

CHARLES BRIDGERS is an attorney with the law firm DeLONG CALDWELL BRIDGERS FITZPATRICK that is representing the two ladies.

CHARLES BRIDGERS said;
"The business model for much of the industry is contrary to the Fair Labor Standards minimum wage and overtime requirements."
 In 2009, The ONYX, another Atlanta adult club, was sued. The case was settled with 73 dancers paid a total of $1.55 million, court records showed showed.

CHARLES BRIDGERS said;
“The Onyx decision was the case that got everyone’s attention.”
The latest suit states that “At all times … defendants intentionally and willfully misclassified plaintiffs as independent contractors.”

Legal experts say the distinction between determining whether a worker is an “independent contractor” or an “employee” turns on factors including how much control the employer wields over the worker, how much the employer determines the worker’s income, and the permanency of the relationship between the parties.

 CHARLES BRIDGERS adds key factor;
“how integral the service rendered is to the business. In the case of adult night clubs, it is their entire reason for existing.”
Mizner-Klearman and Maxey started working for Doll House II in 2013. They are seeking compensation including unpaid wages due them, plus legal costs.

-CCG
 

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