View Full Version : Penthouse NYC Lawsuit

05-10-2013, 07:05 PM
Not sure if this was posted anywhere else, but has anyone else heard of this:


05-11-2013, 07:04 PM
... yet another step towards the state of NY forcing all dancers to be treated as 'statutory employees' ...

05-12-2013, 02:28 PM
I'm worried about exactly this. After reading a lot of older threads I've noticed the trend of strip club lawsuits across the U.S. I really rather prefer being an independent contractor. I also noticed that clubs around here are now making dancers sign contracts, which I'm guessing is supposed to help protect the club from future lawsuits. Word must have got out to the owners about these lawsuits.

05-20-2013, 01:30 PM
It's not even that much money. If you worked at Penthouse and you're THAT broke that you need $3700 for one year of work and close to a G for subsequent years, then obviously you were doing something WRONG !!

05-20-2013, 02:59 PM
It's not even that much money. If you worked at Penthouse and you're THAT broke that you need $3700 for one year of work and close to a G for subsequent years, then obviously you were doing something WRONG !!

I don't know if it is about "need" as it is about recouping money that wasn't paid or charged (illegally).

05-20-2013, 03:37 PM
^^^ I mean I wouldn't exactly walk away from a pack of money totaling nearly $4,000 if dropped it on the street.

I was invited into several class action law suits over my career. They ranged from $300 to $500. That wasn't worth it to me... but $4K.... that's a sizable chunk of change. The law determined that the club was wrong. That amount of money is nothing to sneeze at.

"The dancers, who accused the club of misclassifying them as independent contractors in an effort to deny them employee rights, proposed Tuesday that the notices be posted in Xtreme Magazine and on StripperWeb.com. Xtreme Magazine touts itself as the largest free adult publication in the U.S., while StripperWeb.com is advertised as "a positive and friendly environment where strippers can learn from each other."

Notices will also be mailed to the members of the settlement class, which includes 1,245 entertainers who performed at Penthouse Executive Club in Manhattan 2004 through 2012.

U.S. District Court Judge Kimba M. Wood ruled Thursday that the costs associated with distributing the notices would come out of the plaintiffs' attorneys' fee award, under the terms of the settlement that was reached last month.

The club's entertainers accused the club of failing to keep adequate payroll records and to pay minimum wage. The class action also alleged the club had neglected to provide dancers with notice of the hours they had worked and what their pay rate was, and committed other violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York’s Labor Law.

The dancers maintained they were required to purchase and maintain uniforms from the "house mom," but were not reimbursed by the club for the outfits or their upkeep.

The club, which licenses its name from the pornographic magazine, had previously countered that, as contractors, its dancers were not entitled to the protections of employees. The club also said their tips were obligatory service charges paid by customers and should be considered wages.

The dancers were granted class certification in October 2010, and Judge Wood granted preliminary approval of the class action settlement on Apr. 29.

Under its terms, the class members are to receive a minimum payment of about $3,728 for their first year of employment at the go-go lounge and around $988 for every year after that.

Also under the settlement, which was reached following a third mediation session between representatives of the dancers and the strip club held in January, the entertainers’ attorneys said they would apply for up to 27.18 percent of the settlement fund for attorneys' fees.

In addition to the Xtreme Magazine and StripperWeb.com postings, the settlement notices will be mailed to the last known address of each class member within 30 days of the preliminary approval.

Class members will have 90 days from the date of mailing to submit opt-out requests, or to comment on or object to the settlement, and they are scheduled to receive payments within 30 days of the effective date.

A final fairness hearing will be held Sept. 13. in New York federal court."


05-21-2013, 09:46 AM
I don't understand what SW has to do with it?

05-21-2013, 10:00 AM
Me either...