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LA Dance Club Hostesses Sue for FLSA Wage and Hour Violations, Harassment

November 24, 2011

Our Carson employment lawyer blog post recently discussed a class action wage and hour lawsuit involving exotic dancers in California and other states, who sued their employers for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to pay them minimum wage for all hours worked.

In a related Los Angeles, California wage and hour lawsuit, 20 former dancers from a Los Angeles hostess dance club are suing the club for violations of the FLSA, and for subjecting them to illegal sexual harassment.

According to the lawsuit, Club 907 was one of seven hostess dancing clubs in downtown Los Angeles, where customers pay up to $30 to dance and talk with hostesses--but where nudity is prohibited. The club, which closed last year, is being sued by the former hostesses who allege that the club violated the FLSA by failing to pay minimum wage, overtime compensation, and for failing to provide meal and rest breaks, among other wage and hour benefits.

The hostesses are suing Goliath Incorporated, the company that owned Club 907, claiming in the lawsuit that they were compensated only for the time that they actually danced with the customers--even though they were required to work a minimum of 36 hours per week, and often over 40 hours in a work week, with no overtime compensation. One hostess claimed that she would work at the club for 30 hours per week, but only received $50 to $60 per paycheck.

The lawsuit also accuses the club owners of neglecting to keep accurate records of the employees' hours worked, along with providing proper wage statements. The hostesses also claimed that if they left early they would receive a deduction of wages, and if patrons failed to pay, they would be required to reimburse the club.

As our Villa Park employment attorney blog previously discussed, according to the wage and hour laws of the FLSA, employers must pay covered employees at least $7.25 for every hour worked, plus one and one-half times their regular pay rates for any time worked beyond 40 hours in a week of work. This includes any bonus pay, incentive pay or commissions.

According to the lawsuit, the club owners are also being sued for sexual harassment, and for allegedly videotaping the dancers when they changed clothes. The club is also being sued for failing to protect the hostesses when customers exhibited unwelcome sexual conduct.

The wage and hour lawsuit is reportedly seeking anywhere from $15 to $20 million in damages.

For a free consultation about your California wage and hour issue, contact our Orange County, California labor and employment attorneys today.

Former dancers team up against downtown LA club, KABC7, August 17, 2011

L.A. 'hostess' dancers sue for wage violations, harassment, Business Management Daily, November 20, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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DOL Continues to Track Down Federal Wage and Hour Law Violations in the Workplace, California Employment Lawyers Blog, September 8, 2011

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