DC Strippers Are Entitled To Minimum Wage: Judge

By Leigh Kamping-Carder (April 29, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT) -- Five dancers at a Washington strip club are entitled to minimum wage, a federal judge ruled Friday, marking the latest pay victory for performers in the adult entertainment industry.

The House gentleman's club exercised enough control over its dancers — who made up an integral part of its business — to make them employees, rather than independent contractors, U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled. The decision granted the dancers summary judgment on the question of liability and paves the way for a trial on damages.

Since the early 1990s, the Fifth Circuit, federal courts in South Dakota and Texas, and...

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