Strip club sued by minimum wage dancer who ‘had to share tips with bouncers’

A former dancer has claimed in a federal lawsuit that a club she was employed at didn't pay dancers the required minimum wage or overtime for working more than 40 hours a week.

Priscilla Rosado-Cruz, who worked at Platinum Dolls club, is seeking at least $100,000 (£72,618) in damages, as well as more fees and back pay.

The lawsuit is also seeking to act as a collective action for other dancers who have worked at the club over the past three years, which could be more than 100, according to the suit.

Rosado-Cruz claims that the Kentucky club improperly classified the dancers as independent contractors and not employees, in an attempt to avoid paying them fully, WTVQ reports.

The dancers allegedly didn't receive their hourly wages and only tips, according to the complaint.

It claims that the dancers should have been paid the federal minimum wage of $2.13 (£1.55) an hour for tipped employees, as well as overtime.

The club has also been accused in the suit of forcing Rosado-Cruz and other dancers to share their tips with other employees, including bouncers, DJs and managers.

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The Lexington Herald has reported that the club isn't commenting on the lawsuit.

In other news, a Texan man was awarded $5.5 million after claiming a restaurant was negligent by serving him too much alcohol.

Daniel Rawls left the restaurant in a drunken state and ended up fighting with another man in the car park resulting in an injury.

The altercation took place in May 2019 with another customer, Robert Henrickson, where Rawls alleges he sustained a head injury during the argument, reports Houston Chronicle.

The two men had both been drinking at La Fogata Mexican Grill in Andrews when Rawls fell over on “an uneven parking lot" and sustained a “serious and debilitating” head injury after he was assaulted.

The lawsuit states that the restaurant, its owner Lourdes Galindo and an unnamed bartender are responsible for the injury as they allowed the two men to drink too much and leave the restaurant at the same time.

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