Dancers at Scores, a nationwide chain of strip clubs, have filed a back-wage lawsuit over unpaid overtime, underpaid wages and the club’s practice of skimming 10% of their tips. The lawsuit was filed by a former employee of the chain’s northern New Jersey location, but seeks to represent more than 100 Scores employees in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
Scores allows customers to charge “Diamond Dollars,” fake dollars used to tip the dancers, on their credit cards. When the dancers redeem their Diamond Dollars at the end of their shifts, the club takes 10%. Lawyers for the workers call this “a greedy money grab,” noting the club also charges money for the credit card transaction, thereby making money on both ends.
The dancers also are objecting to the club’s refusal to cover their uniform expenses. Presumably the uniforms cost more than you might think.