Dancers allege FLSA violations, take club owners to court

Two exotic dancers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a company owning several gentlemen's clubs for time and attendance violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to The Madison-St. Clair Record, the plaintiffs' complaint includes willful misclassification, as the company determined their working status to be that of independent contractors as opposed to hourly employees of the establishment.

Other grievances filed in the suit are in reference to instances of retaliation on the part of the company as well as State of Illinois minimum wage violations. The plaintiffs are seeking payment of legal fees and lost wages for themselves and other women who worked for the company between 2004 and 2011.

However, the company states the case should be arbitrated as opposed to being heard in court due to a stipulation outlined in contracts that employees are made to sign. The document outlines provisions that prevent any collective bargaining or class-action legal claims to be made.

In its counter-claim, the company is looking to have the case thrown out as well as force the defendants to pay all of its legal fees as a result of the suit.


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