A welcome change might be coming to the way that strippers in Massachusetts get paid.
It will be a credit to our state if we can give that to them. On ExpressNews. Photo by AntyDiluvian.
seeiing If the new lawsuit succeeds, expect a flurry of new lawsuits and some quick changes to the strip club-stripper relationship. This is by no means comprehensive; it's just what we found before deciding that there was too much to put up on this website We'll get back to you next time we see soused Sox fans tossing dollar bills at the screen in the Brendan Behan. Unlike other states, Massachusetts holds that if a person looks like an employee and acts like an employee, that's what she is.
Guillermo Contreras covers federal courts in San Antonio and international legal issues. Following an August decision that strippers at King Arthur's Lounge in Chelsea were improperly classified as independent contractors, a new lawsuit has made the same claim for a group of strippers in Salisbury.
Many strip clubs have increased their stage fees, reducing dancers' take-home pay, and some, like Ten's Show Club in Salisbury, the defendant in the more recent lawsuit, have dancerx charged penalty fees for tardiness othet other infractions of company policy, like wearing the wrong outfit on stage. The practice prevented dancers from earning at least the federal minimum wage, according to the suit.
Comments A San Antonio woman has sued the operators of a local strip club, alleging they shorted her and other exotic dancers on pay.
In the earlier case, King Arthur's Lounge made the dubious claim that its primary business was selling alcohol and that strippers were "extra entertainment" like a television at a sports bar. As attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan illustrated it, " Imagine a restaurant where a waiter has to pay to come to work. That means that strip clubs don't pay wages—the strippers make their living exclusively through customers' tips—and, in most cases, they even require strippers to pay a fee just to perform on stage, never mind that strip clubs have customers primarily because strippers work there.
Jasmine Hawkins said in her lawsuit against Tripolis Enterprises Inc. The suit also asks a judge to allow other dancers in similar situations to the case. Depending on how this lawsuit shakes dancer, it could mean that strippers across the state will begin being classified as regular employees, with more robust rights. Are they independent contractors or employees?
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Messages seeking comment were not returned Tuesday by the operators and a lawyer for Tripolis. She seeks back pay and other damages.
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Read him on our free sitemySA. Strippers, like you or Bostonist, want their fundamental workplace rights—Social Security and Medicare payments, overtime if they work it, and protection against discrimination and harassment. Currently, strippers are considered unpaid "contractors" at most of the clubs in Massachusetts and the rest of the country. That argument didn't fly in Suffolk County, and it probably won't fly in Essex, either.
Luckily for local strippers, Massachusetts has some of the most stringent laws in the country governing independent contractors. Following are random articles we found just searching around on the web.