$6M settlement in class action lawsuit against strip clubs

Author: Associated Press

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A company that owns strip clubs in Florida and Ohio has reached a $6 million settlement in a class action lawsuit led by a former exotic dancer.

Under the terms of the settlement approved by a federal judge this week, women who worked at Scarlett’s Cabaret clubs in Hallandale Beach, Tampa, Fort Myers and Toledo, Ohio, could be entitled to back wages.

Adonay Encarnacion sued the clubs last year over labor violations. She told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1RVXyml ) that online business classes helped her realize that the Hallandale Beach club was violating her rights by not offering hourly pay and requiring dancers to pay performance fees as independent contractors.

The settlement doesn’t compel Scarlett’s Cabaret’s owners to change their labor practices. The clubs’ corporate officers and attorneys declined comment.

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