by Max Brantley
Anne Milligan, a Little Rock lawyer, advises that a hearing is scheduled Dec. 9 on the motion by the Sanford Law Firm for certification of a class action lawsuit by strippers against local strip clubs over employment practices. Specifically, she alleges dancers have not been paid minimum wages, have been unlawfully deprived of tip money and have wound up owing clubs money for dancing after being charged for fees to the house, bouncers, DJ and others.
She writes: "This is, of course, in addition to a horrible exploitative work environment..."
Interested? Here's the lawsuit against Visions Cabaret. Here's also an affidavit filed in the case by one
dancer bartender about the work environment — allegations of tax dodges, liquor substitution, mistreatment of dancers and more.
Milligan says the club is arguing that dancers are independent contractors and "lessees" and thus exempt from laws covering either hourly workers or workers who are paid primarily by tips. Sounds like they're arguing they're sharecroppers.