Eardley calls the suit bogus and maintains that he's following standard practices. But the attorney representing the women says the club takes the sort of mistreatment that's rife in the industry to another level.
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Attorney Mari Newman acknowledges that "exploitation of dancers is not unique" to Fantasy Gentlemen's Clubwhich launched three years ago and is currently the only operation of its type in Grand Junction, "but they have a few particularly bad practices that make them stand out. Hence, the lawsuit, on view below in its entirety, which was filed in U.
The women weren't classified as employees of Fantasy. Rather, they were listed — improperly, in Newman's view — as independent contractors. Eardley explained the process to Grand Junction's KREX-TV like so: "Well, you a lease contract saying you're a tenant — so you're leasing space from the club to work. You come in and pay your house fee — that varies on what night you come in — and then you get to keep your tips on anything above that.
But that's not what the relationship is, because of the degree of control the club asserts over them. If they were truly independent contractors, they could come and go as they please; they wouldn't be charged for switching their shifts — and they certainly wouldn't be be required to pay the other employees. And they don't receive a salary. They are paid exclusively by patron tips, but they're not allowed to keep all of those tips.
Instead, the club forces them to share a portion of the tips to the DJs and bouncers. So effectively, the club is using the dancer's tips to pay part of other workers' salaries.
NO touching or crotch diving of any patrons at any time," and more: Another photo shows the rates for the private "champagne" rooms, and the club's piece of the action: And then there are the fines, which strike Newman as unreasonable in the extreme. Continue for more about the exotic dancers' claims against Fantasy Gentlemen's Club, including more photos, a video and the complete lawsuit. As Newman sees it, dancers are faced with "countless arbitrary fines that the club imposes totally at its whim. The following image from the lawsuit speaks to this last point.
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It's a little tough to read, but the "Full Nude Rules" begin with the following:. Another fine is threatened for malingering. The lawsuit image pertaining to this subject is blurry, too, but it re, "If you have paid your fees and are ready to work, you need to be on the floor. No hanging out in the dressing room. If you get caught in the dressing room, you will be fined.
Also verboten is what's described generically as either "complaining" or "your bullshit.
As Newman sees it, these assorted rules add up to the equivalent of "modern-day indentured servitude. So in the worst cases, they could end up owing money. Frustrated by this situation, the four dancers reached out to Newman, who credits them for doing so. So I think these women are very brave for coming forward. Some aspects of the case remain unclear.
From what Newman understands, the dancers ed some type of agreement before they were allowed to work there, "but the owner will not let any of them have a copy of it. He says they all have a binding contract, but none of them is allowed to see what it says, even though they've asked.
And the club has already begun retaliating against them. They've been told they are no longer allowed to work there, which is another violation of the law, and the owner has been making specific threats against the workers, which will be the subject of additional legal claims we bring against him and the club.
Eardley tells a very different story.
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In his interview with KREX, he characterizes the suit as retaliation against himby a dancer who was fired. He added, "three of these girls haven't worked [at Fantasy] in, I would say, well over a year. And the fourth one actually just tried to work a couple nights ago No one else has gentlemens and Newman believes Fantasy has committed fantasy violations no matter what the unseen document says. That's why our laws say, 'You have certain rights, and an employer with more power than you can't make you them away. Keep Westword Free Since we started Westwordit has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way.
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