Nevada court says dancers at gentlemen’s club are employees

Nathan S. Gibson - nightclubFrom the Las Vegas Review-Journal.—  “the court ruled that dancers at one of the state’s biggest clubs, the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, are employees of the business — not independent contractors — and must be paid at least minimum wage.

The successful class action case for as many as 6,000 current and former dancers who perform seminude could cost the club millions of dollars. The ruling is expected to apply to other strip club operators, although it won’t likely happen overnight.

The latest ruling creates myriad issues for the industry, which attorneys for the dancers say ultimately will be forced to comply with the ruling. From paying Social Security and Medicare taxes to contributing to the state unemployment insurance fund and providing workers’ compensation, the court’s decision will mean major changes for strip clubs.

There are also issues of health insurance, protection against sexual harassment and the right to unionize that come with the classification of dancers as employees and not independent contractors, said Tucson lawyer Mick Rusing, one of the attorneys in the case who has been fighting the issue in Nevada for 20 years….”

Read the full story at Nevada strip clubs take two high court hits

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