Atlanta strippers Amanda Berry and A’Cire Newby is suing the Pin Ups club where they worked. The two are claiming that the Pin Ups club is in violation of the federal Fair Labors Act. Amanda Berry is suing because she claims Pin Ups to have fired her due to her pregnancy along with fees for leaving early or days the club is “slow.”
According to NewsOne and the AJC:
The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month, claims that Pin Ups owners misclassified Newby and Berry as independent contractors rather than employees, paying them only gratuities from customers and not minimum wage or overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a week.
But the lawsuit claims the club management regulated all aspects of their work including hours, time and manner of dancing, attire, and how they interacted with customers.
It also says club managers fined dancers for arriving late, if they didn’t appear onstage when their names were called, or if they weren’t dressed and ready on the club floor within 30 minutes of arriving. And management demanded daily fees from $35 to $95, including “bar fees,” “DJ fees,” “breathalyzer test fees,” “leave early fees” and even “slow day fees,” the lawsuit claims.
And in February, the civil complaint claims, when a manger learned Berry was pregnant, the manager told a subordinate to “put (Berry) in the book since this is her last day to work.”
Both the females and the club are arguing strong cases. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this lawsuit. What do you think?
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