Morgan & Morgan Seeks Class Certification in Lawsuit Alleging Georgia Strip Club Violates Wage and Hour Laws

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In a federal lawsuit alleging that a Georgia strip club has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, Morgan & Morgan has filed a motion with the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, Columbus Division seeking to conditionally certify a class of at least 50 entertainers who allegedly have been denied minimum wage and overtime compensation.

The wage and hour attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are seeking class certification in a lawsuit alleging that a Georgia strip club violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay minimum wage and overtime compensation to its adult entertainers. Filed with the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, Columbus Division, on October 1, the motion for class certification asks the court to conditionally certify a class of at least fifty dancers who have worked during the last three years at the Foxy Lady Lounge in Columbus, Georgia.

The federal lawsuit, filed in May, alleges that the Foxy Lady Lounge misclassified its adult dancers as “independent contractors” instead of “employees” to avoid paying them federally-mandated minimum wage and overtime pay.

Rather than paying the dancers an hourly wage, the complaint alleges that the strip club charged its dancers a “house fee” of at least $20 per shift to work at the club. The club allegedly charged the dancers additional fees or fines for talking back to Foxy Lady’s management, failing to clean the dressing room and bathroom, or other violations of the club’s policies, according to documents filed with the court. The lawsuit alleges that these fees amount to unlawful “kickbacks” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

As described in the lawsuit, the dancers are also allegedly required to attend mandatory meetings at the Foxy Lady Lounge, but are not paid for attendance at these meetings. The complaint alleges that the Foxy Lady Lounge’s compensation practices result in its employees making less than minimum wage and violate federal law.

The federal lawsuit is seeking compensation for unpaid wages, unpaid overtime wages, and unlawful kickbacks.

For more information on Morgan & Morgan’s wage and hour practice group, please visit http://www.forthepeople.com/overtime-attorneys.

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Morgan & Morgan is one of the largest exclusively plaintiffs’ law firms in the country, with 19 offices throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and New York. The firm handles cases nationally involving personal injury, medical malpractice, consumer class action, and securities fraud, as well as complex litigation against drug and medical device manufacturers. Visit Morgan & Morgan online at http://forthepeople.com/ for a free case evaluation and information about your legal rights.

Case Number 4:13-cv-162(CDL), United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, Columbus Division

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