DENVER — A former exotic dancer for a Denver, Colorado adult entertainment club recently filed a class action unpaid overtime lawsuit on behalf of herself and almost 500 other current and former dancers for five clubs in the state. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, claims that VCG Holding Group and its owners failed to pay hourly wages, overtime, and violated federal wage laws on tip out rules.
According to the complaint, the defendants used a common scheme to keep payrolls down by effectively making the performers pay the club for the privilege of working, as well as taking tips from the dancers to pay the bouncers and the DJs. Attorneys for the plaintiffs accused the defendants of operating a “predatory business” and preying on young women struggling to earn a living for themselves and their families.
The overtime pay lawsuit claims the plaintiffs paid “house fees” ranging from $30 to $60, depending on the occasion of the evening. Furthermore, the clubs charged the dancers $5 for each personal dance provided to a patron and anywhere from $30 and $150 for dances in private “VIP” rooms and even issued $50 fines for not showing up to dance on stage.
Claim Alleges Defendants Violated FLSA
The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated the Fair Standards Labor Act (FLSA), the Colorado Labor Code and the Colorado Minimum Wage Act by collecting tips from the dancers under inappropriate circumstances. While some industries are allowed to pool tips from workers (like waiters), the tip pool may only be shared with other workers responsible for certain duties.
Additionally, the plaintiffs argue the clubs incorrectly classified dancers as independent contractors to avoid paying hourly wages and overtime. Some dancers claims they worked 12-hour days and well over 40 hours per week but were never paid for any of this time on the job. Similar lawsuits against other clubs around the country have returned huge verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs in the millions of dollars.
Exotic Dancer Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit
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