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Strip Club Faces Class-Action Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

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An Atlanta-based strip club is named in an employment lawsuit filed in federal court for violation of federal labor laws. A group of exotic dancers at the strip club are charging that the club denied them minimum wages, and failed to pay overtime wages. According to the lawsuit, dancers were also unfairly forced to pay kickbacks to the club.

The lawsuit has been filed against the Pleasers club, and approximately 50 exotic dancers are part of the lawsuit. According to the complaint, the owner of the club knowingly violated provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. None of the exotic dancers, who have filed the complaint, were paid a single penny in wages, for their work. According to the lawsuit, the employers tricked these dancers into working at the club.

This is not the first time that California employment lawyers have come across a labor lawsuit filed against a strip club. Earlier this year, a similar lawsuit was filed against another Atlanta-based strip club making similar allegations. In that lawsuit too, plaintiff alleged that the owner of the strip club fired her when she became pregnant. She also alleged that she was frequently made to work overtime, but was not paid overtime benefits, or minimum wage.

At the Pleasers club, the employer made use of an often-used tactic to get away with paying his employees a pittance. He misclassified workers as independent contractors, and avoided paying the dancers a minimum wage. They were also not paid overtime benefits. Misclassification of work status is a fairly common tactic among employers, who look for loopholes in the Fair Labor Standards Act, to cheat employees.

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