Strippin’ ain’t easy. Often viewed as independent contractors, exotic dancers often have to depend on tips to make a living in gentlemen’s clubs across the nation. However, on April 1, two Florida dancers, Monica Woodbury and Lea MacKenzie-Kerr have brought a lawsuit against Teasers strip club in Key West, and parent company 218 Duval St. (same as the club’s location) for “violating federal labor laws by refusing to pay wages, including overtime, to women it treated as employees.”
“Teasers refused to compensate plaintiffs at all for the hours she and others like her worked,” the filing partially reads. “These dancers’ only compensation was in the form of tips from club patrons — Teasers paid these dancers nothing.” The complaint also adds, “Even worse, they force those core employees to pay wages for other workers and overhead expenses of the club out of the employees’ own pockets.”
The attorneys representing Woodbury and MacKenzie-Kerr–attorneys Scott Atherton and Chad Even Levy–reached a $1.2 million class action settlement with the Red Garter Saloon, another Key West strip club owned by former city commissioner Mark Rossi. Woodbury and MacKenzie-Kerr were also involved with that suit, which was headed by Christina Demaria-Dominguez. According to the terms of the settlement, Rossi admitted no wrongdoing.
A similar lawsuit was filed by these attorneys against Bare Assets last month. Yet another was filed by Miami lawyer Adam Kenner against the Red Garter on behalf of Michela Dixon.
The Herald reports:
The proposed settlement — which awaits preliminary approval from the court — with the Red Garter sets up a fund of up to $1.2 million for about 122 dancers who worked there from Nov. 1, 2010, to Feb. 29, 2016. Payments range from $150 for dancers who worked one week to one month to up to $9,450 for those who worked 61 months or more during the time period.