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Exotic dancers sue strip club for worker exploitation

Update: The lawsuit against Fantasy Gentlemen's Club in Grand Junction has been settled. Get more information in our post headlined "Shotgun Willie's Ex-Dancers Say Strip Club Ripped Them Off in New Lawsuit." Continue for our previous coverage. Four exotic dancers are suing a Grand Junction strip club, claiming the venue and its owner, Kevin Eardley, are breaking labor laws via a payment structure that includes exorbitant fines for a whole range of actions — such as ponying up $50 plus increased stage fees if a customer touches a dancer's vagina.

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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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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