Are Exotic Dancers Employees or Independent Contractors?

exotic dancerFrom the Wall Street Journal – “a case that has raised an increasingly common question about so-called exotic dancers: Are they independent contractors or employees entitled to a minimum wage and benefits?

In a partial summary judgment in November, a federal judge in Manhattan awarded nearly $10.9 million in back pay to a group of dancers suing Rick’s Cabaret, ruling that the $18 Dance Dollar payments didn’t offset the club’s responsibility to pay the dancers a minimum wage, now $8 an hour in New York. The ruling follows one by the same judge last year that the dancers should have been treated as employees and paid an hourly wage…”

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