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Exotic dancers sue strip club for worker exploitation

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As Newman sees it, dancers are faced with "countless arbitrary fines that the club imposes totally at its whim." For instance, the women are "fined $100 if you switch your schedule with another dancer and $80 if you're sick, even if you have a doctor's note."

This photo spells out the specifics:

Additionally, Newman goes on, "you're fined $50 if you're touched inappropriately by a patron — and then, on top of that, your stage fee goes up."

The following image from the lawsuit speaks to this last point. It's a little tough to read, but the "Full Nude Rules" begin with the following:

Do Not touch your vagina Do Not let customers touch your vagina Do not touch anyone's vagina Or get fined $50 And your stage fee goes up $20 No Exceptions!
Here's the pic:

Another fine is threatened for malingering. The lawsuit image pertaining to this subject is blurry, too, but it reads, "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."

Here's that photo:

Also verboten is what's described generically as either "complaining" or "your bullshit." The photo from the suit showing that note is here: Continue for more about the exotic dancers' claims against Fantasy Gentlemen's Club, including more photos, a video and the complete lawsuit.
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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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