If you’re an exotic dancer, you may be relying on tips from your customers as your only source of income, but the reality is that exotic dancers are generally protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and your employer should be paying you at least minimum wage and overtime if you work more than 40 hours per week. An experienced Houston exotic dancers overtime lawyer could help you seek the compensation you need.
Independent contractors and employees are not the same, and employers regularly misclassify exotic dancers as independent contractors in order to reduce their costs and avoid compliance with labor laws. If you work at an adult club, and your manager tells you that you have been classified as an independent contractor, it means:
Misclassifying exotic dancers as independent contractors to avoid paying minimum wage, overtime, and benefits is only the beginning. There are many other ways that adult entertainment clubs deny exotic dancers their rightful pay including:
In recent years, the employment status of exotic dancers has been challenged in court. Several courts have ruled that exotic dancers are employees—not independent contractors. This means that they are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay under the FLSA. So although many adult entertainment clubs tell exotic dancers that they are independent contractors, most dancers should actually be classified as employees—that is the law.
So when is an exotic dancer an employee instead of an independent contractor? The law looks at several different factors to make this determination. Exotic dancers may actually be employees if one or more of the following statements is true:
If you think you have been cheated out of your rightful pay, you should contact an experienced employment lawyer about your case. At Kennedy Law Firm LLP our experienced Houston exotic dancers overtime lawyer will sit down with you, talk to you about your job, review your pay stubs, and help you to understand if your rights have been violated. Our firm handles employment and overtime cases nationwide, and we have helped hundreds of employees like you recover lost wages. Contact our office today to schedule your free, no-obligation case review. We are here to help.