Strippers Come Out On Top In Misclassification Action

Law360, New York (August 14, 2009, 2:34 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts judge has given a leg up to a class of exotic dancers, ruling that their employer improperly classified them as independent contractors.

Judge Frances McIntyre of the Massachusetts Superior Court on Aug. 7 granted class certification to exotic dancer Lucienne Chaves and as many of 70 of her fellow performers while simultaneously issuing summary judgment in their favor, determining that their employer illegally classified them as independent contractors.

“We were very pleased with the court’s decision,” said attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who represents the plaintiffs....
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