Contract Employees: Should They Have to Pay for Their Own Thong?

Nine exotic dancers, employed as independent contractors, got a conditional okay from a federal judge to proceed with a class action lawsuit against the Penthouse Executive Club for alleged violations of federal and state labor laws.

That means that other women employed as contract workers by Penthouse Executive Club can join the lawsuit now that it's been conditionally certified as class action. The defendant claims that since the women are independent contractors they are not protected by the traditional federal and state labor laws. Therefore, this case will be closely watched by other contract employees.


The grievances by the strippers, reports the New York Post, include:

  • Must pay for their own uniforms, that is, thongs
  • Employer didn't pay minimum wage or overtime and confiscated part of tips
  • Employer charged dancers a house fee for dance shifts
  • Employer deducted a 20 percent premium when dancers exchange the house tokens, which some customers used for tips, for cash.

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