Colorado Strippers Join The Fight For Better Wages In Minimum Wage Lawsuit
Posted 8/29/2013 1:15:00 PM

In the same week that low-wage truck drivers, warehouse employees and fast-food workers are taking to picket lines to demand better wages, a small group of strippers in Colorado is going to court for the same cause.

Four exotic dancers are suing Fantasy Gentlemen’s Club in Grand Junction, Colo., claiming the club’s owner violated federal and state minimum-wage laws. The class-action lawsuit claims Fantasy made its dancers work only for tips, then took such a large cut of those tips that dancers sometimes made less than $7.25 per hour, the federally mandated minimum wage. Colorado state law dictates a minimum wage of $7.78 for some industries.

The case could have implications for the way strip clubs across the country operate. It also comes at a time when low-wage workers across the country are pushing for higher wages and President Obama is calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

“The case is fundamentally one of exploitation, of exploiting workers that are vulnerable because of the stigma that’s attached to what they do,” Mari Newman, the Denver attorney representing the dancers, told The Huffington Post. “It’s an example of treating workers as chattel.”

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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