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Lawsuit claims Atlantic City club unfairly pays dancers

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An Atlantic City gentlemen’s club violates Fair Labor practices in how it pays its dancers, according to a class-action suit filed by a former employee. Delilah’s Den classifies its dancers at “independent contractors,” which has left them making less than minimum wage and not getting overtime when they work more than 40 hours, according to the suit filed by Sahara Logan. The Department of Labor has recognized such workers as employees for two decades, the suit claims. Logan worked for the Pacific Avenue club less than a month before getting fired in July. The women must pay to work there, she said, including paying "House Fees" that include $20 during the week before 6 p.m., and an addition $10 after that time.Weekends cost the dancers an $80 flat fee. Fees also include giving $5 per 30-minute private dance to security, and $10 per shift each to the make-up artist, “House Mom” and DJ. Despite the “independent contractor” status, the club has total control over the women’s work schedules, performance, costumes, hair and makeup. They are not compensated for any of those costs, the suit claims. The owners also get half of the private dance fees, which translates to splitting the $150 for a 15-minute dance and the $200 for a 20-minute dance,according to the lawsuit. Lap dances cost $25, with the club getting $10 of that. They also take half of any tips charged to a customer’s credit card. The suit names club owner Victory Entertainment and members of its Board of Directors. Filings have been made both in New Jersey federal court and in Pennsylvania, where Logan is a resident. Neither the owners nor an attorney for the company could be immediately reached for comment.
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Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

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