Exotic dancers at suburban Minneapolis’ King of Diamonds club pay the club a fee of $20 to $100 every night they work. King of Diamonds maintains the dancers are independent contractors and “pay for the pole” in order to earn tips. The club does not pay them an hourly wage.
Attorney E. Michelle Drake sees things differently. She represents the dancers in a lawsuit claiming the club is classifying them incorrectly. She claims they should be hourly employees, not independent contractors.
Several states have considered similar questions in regard to adult entertainers, and all have ruled the workers should be considered hourly employees. This will be the first test of that theory under Minnesota law.
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