On January 8, 2020, Kristensen LLP filed a collective action (not a class case) on…
On Thursday, March 4, 2021, United States District Judge for the Central District of California, the Honorable Jesus G. Bernal, issued an Order granting plaintiffs’ motion to reopen a collective action against a Palm Springs-based gentleman’s club, Showgirls.
Kristensen LLP had brought a number of claims to court which rested on the court’s recognition of the misclassification of the dancers as independent contractors versus employees of the club. A number of claims were sent to arbitration, including back wages, illegal house fees, and the forced sharing of tips and earnings. After a settlement fell apart, the club sought to avoid proceeding with the arbitrations. The Court found the position duplicitous and stated “This hypocrisy will not be blessed.”
The ruling adds to a long line of successful cases that Kristensen LLP has represented clients in that contend labor laws – specifically, the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, especially in the exotic dancer industry.
Follow further developments in the case on Kristensen LLP’s blog, and call today for a consultation if you or someone you know believes they are owed compensation in a labor dispute, or have been misclassified as an independent contractor by their employer!