A federal judge has granted exotic dancers at a Harrisburg, Pa.-area adult entertainment club class-action status in their wage-and-hour lawsuit against their employer. Mr. G’s Entertainment, the owner of Club 22, had countered the suit, claiming the dancers were independent contractors and therefore not entitled to minimum wage under state and federal laws.
A federal judge ruled that all dancers who worked at Club 22 in the last three years could join four original plaintiffs in the class. That means the establishment could be on the hook for minimum-wage and overtime payments to as many as 60 current and former dancers.
Note: This judge relied on rulings favoring dancers in similar cases around the country, in which employers exercised too much control over dancers for them to be considered independent contractors. If you use independent contractors, consult your attorney to ensure you are properly classifying them.