HOUSTON, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kennedy Hodges, LLP -- Houston-based employment law firm specializing in complex employment litigation brings collective action lawsuit 2:14-cv-01105; Allyson Kesley v. Entertainment U.S.A., INC. d/b/a Christie's Cabaret d/b/a Christie's Cabaret, Entertainment U.S.A. of Cleveland, Inc. d/b/a Christie's Cabaret, J. L. Spoons, Inc., Christie's Cabaret of Glendale, LLC, Christie's Cabaret of Tucson, LLC, and Steve C. Cooper; United States District Court; District of Arizona] against Christie's Cabaret on behalf of Allyson Kesley and all other similarly situated dancers for alleged overtime wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The lawsuit against Christie's Cabaret contends that the chain of clubs located throughout the country failed to properly classify their dancers as employees. Court documents allege that Christie's Cabaret required and/or permitted plaintiff Allyson Kesley and all other exotic dancers to work in excess of forty hours per week, but refused to compensate the ladies at the applicable minimum wage and overtime rates.
According to the complaint, the "Defendants' conduct violates the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), which requires non-exempt employees to be compensated for their overtime work at a rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay." Furthermore, the complaint alleges that Christie's Cabaret refused to compensate dancers whatsoever for any hours worked and that their compensation was only tips from club patrons.
Partner David Hodges comments, "What we have seen time and time again is that clubs who employ exotic dancers refuse to follow the law when it comes to paying their employees. Christie's Cabaret is no different."
The Complaint further alleges that each of the seven Christie's Cabarets located throughout the country is operated in the same manner and each misclassifies the dancers as independent contractors to avoid paying the federally-mandated minimum wage rate.
The clubs under investigation are located in Ohio, Arizona, and North Carolina.
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