California Dancers Reach $12.9 Million Settlement in Lawsuit Against Spearmint Rhino

By October 15, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

http://www.allgov.com/USA/ca/news/unusual-news/129-million-class-action-settlement-establishes-strippers-arent-contractors-121128?news=846322

In November of 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips approved a settlement in a lawsuit brought by exotic dancers against their club owners. The suit was brought against the world-famous Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club in Los Angeles and claimed that these women were being illegally classified as independent contractors for the purpose of denying them fair wages and benefits.  Dancers at the club were forced to pay exorbitant fees (to the club, DJs, and “house moms”) and subjected to penalties for missing shifts and for failing to get enough customers to purchase drinks.