New York City exotic dancer Crystal DiCesare is suing Dial-A-Dancer—a company that sends strippers and porn stars to entertain at private functions—for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
DiCesare claims she works several 12-hour days each week, but gets no overtime. Plus, she alleges Dial-A-Dancer owner Roger Otway skims money from her nightly tips, which on some nights add up to about $500. Under federal law, employees do not have to share tips with their employer, except under the terms of a bona fide tip-pooling arrangement.
Otway claims the company’s dancers are independent contractors. DiCesare counters that they’re employees, since Otway tells them what to wear and whether they are allowed to eat before performing.
When asked why she filed the lawsuit, DiCesare’s attorney told the New York Daily News that his client “didn’t like getting screwed.”