If Exotic Dancers Aren't Independent Contractors, Who Is?

Law360, New York (May 8, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT) -- Texas, with its pro-business climate, has historically been a very good place for independent contractors. However, recent changes to the legal landscape across the U.S. have left many employers scratching their heads in amazement and re-examining the prerequisites of an “independent contractor,” including a significant number of cases that have examined whether exotic dancers qualify as employees or independent contractors.

In February, a Georgia federal judge ruled that exotic dancers are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and not independent contractors on the basis that the dancers were deemed to be an integral part of the business. This new precedent,...

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