On January 31, 2014, Neil Smith of The Smith Law Firm, LLC, filed a class action lawsuit against VCG Holding Corp. on behalf of a proposed class of women who worked as exotic dancers for the company. All of the dancers worked at gentlemen’s clubs (“strip clubs”) owned and operated by VCG during the preceding 10 years.
The lawsuit, filed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis) contends that VCG misclassified its dancers as independent contractors in order to avoid paying minimum wages and other benefits. The suit also contends that the clubs illegally forced dancers to split their tips with non-tipped employees such as bouncers and DJs. A copy of the complaint can be found here.
VCG, formerly a publicly-traded company listed on the NASDAQ, owns and operates nightclubs in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Maine. These clubs include PT’s, The Penthouse Club, Diamond Cabaret, Imperial Show Girls, La Boheme, The Men’s Club of Raleigh, and Roxy’s.
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