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By stephen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Dancer Rights on Friday, June 19, 2020.
Kristensen LLP Files Federal Lawsuit Against Skin Gentlemen’s Club in Los Angeles

In February 2020, Kristensen LLP filed a lawsuit in federal court against Skin Gentlemen’s Club (“Skin”) for violating employment laws.  Skin is located in Los Angeles at the intersection of Robertson and Venice Boulevard, at the border with Culver City.

The lawsuit alleges that Skin violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by misclassifying the dancers as employees. Approximately 20 United States District Courts and Circuit Courts have found these arrangements illegal. Clubs do not get a get out lawsuit free card by forcing dancers to sign “independent contractor” agreements.

Some clubs even claim dancers are entering into a lease and the dancers are tenants.  One federal judge recently described such arguments in stark disagreement: The notion that Plaintiff rented floor space is absurd – Defendants’ silly attempt to redefine reality to avoid the consequences of their conduct.

Clubs like Skin also force dancers to pay house fees. In America, forcing someone to pay to work is called a kickback.

The deadline to join is July 30, 2020.  If you worked at Skin in the last three years contact Kristensen LLP. The consultation is free of charged and confidential. We can be reached at dancer @ kristensenlaw.com, via text at (310) 913-1201, or feel free to call our office at (310) 507-7869.

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