Two former exotic dancers will split a $250,000 award after a jury sided with them in their suit against Houston nightclub Tiffany’s Cabaret. The jury found the club illegally made the women share their tips and wrongly forced them to pay to dance there.
The dancers were awarded $60,962 and $65,008, respectively, but their attorneys argued that because the club’s actions were willful, the amounts should be doubled. The judge hearing the case agreed. Tiffany’s Cabaret will also have to pay the women’s attorneys’ fees. Claims by other dancers against the club are pending.
Note: Courts and regulatory agencies have been examining the use of independent contractors in general and exotic dancers in particular as part of Fair Labor Standards Act () enforcement efforts. Employers should review their relationship with independent contractors to ensure that they are in compliance with the FLSA.