In exotic dancing, it’s not always the performers on stage who end up losing their shirts — sometimes the owners get stripped.
A judge has approved a $12.9 million settlement in a class-action suit brought by a group of strippers against 15 nightclubs across several states. According to Courthouse News, the suit accused the owners of the nightclubs of paying less than minimum wage, denying them benefits by labeling them independent contractors, taking their tips and other offenses.
Under terms of the settlement, the dancers must be treated either as employees, partners or shareholders in the nightclubs. In addition, in California dancers will no longer have to pay a fee to perform.
Most of the settlement — more than 90% — will be awarded to dancers in Nevada and California. The balance — a little over 7% — will go to plaintiffs in Kentucky, Idaho, Texas and Florida.
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