HOUSTON (FOX 26) – Some exotic dancers can make hundreds even thousands of dollars in a night.
“That is not a payment of wage that comes from the club itself,” says attorney Galvin Kennedy.
And in some cases Kennedy says the dancers must pay the club a fee and share their tips with club employees like managers and disc jockeys.
By not paying the dancers one single cent the owners of Gold Cup, Treasures, Cover Girls and Centerfolds are violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a lawsuit filed against the clubs.
That lawsuit claims these clubs should be paying dancers at least minimum wage in addition to the tips they receive and overtime for working more than 40 hours a week.
“The fact that they work in an establishment as an exotic dancer doesn’t change the law for them,” Kennedy says.
Club owners maintain they don’t have to pay the dancers because they are not employees but rather independent contractors.
That’s hogwash says Kennedy.