What kind of job do you have to pay just to go to work?

Many of us know this song and dance all too well.

Dancers at Queens Club Claim Wage Violations

If the dancers win their lawsuit, it could have ripple effects at the city’s many for-hire dance clubs, latter-day versions of Depression-era joints where men paid 10 cents for a dance. Many of today’s dancers, like their customers, are illegal immigrants who earn their money off the books. Amy Carroll, a lawyer for Make the Road, said it was ridiculous for the Flamingo to suggest that the dancers were independent contractors.

“It seems that Flamingo is doing the worst of both worlds,” she said. “They’re not paying the workers anything, and they’re controlling every aspect of the dancers’ work life. They tell them what days to work, what time to show up, what outfits to wear, what makeup to use. They even make the dancers sign in and out to go to the restroom. That level of control makes them employees, not independent contractors.”

3 Responses

  1. I included the first quoted paragraph because it makes me uncomfortable.

    Why offer such illusive facts that insinuate that most dancers in every club are undocumented immigrants, and likewise for the customers.

    All my mind sees is the wrong type of people (Republican) thinking the wrong type of things (“I told you about that immigrant problem, and look, now they’re just spreading immorality via naked dancing girls”).

  2. Oh, and I can assume they just meant this club and/or others like it. But that’s still just an assumption that leaves room for imaginations to run wild.

    Ok, enough from me.

  3. The Article said: Mr. Rubin, the club’s lawyer, said many dancers quit other clubs and took jobs at the Flamingo because the money was better and because the club, unlike some others, was firm about keeping out prostitution and drugs.

    This is how they pit workers against each other. The above statement sounds like they are saying: you should be grateful we don’t make you have sex so don’t complain about how we violate your labor rights by violating the wage and hour laws.

    “If they’re complaining about rules, the only rules are ones that protect the integrity of the organization and protect the girls as well,” he said.

    And here, we see they taking the usual position of being daddy and saying they’re ‘protecting the girls’.

    The monies the workers are paying to work are being used to now hire lawyers to represent the owners’ interests and to sound like the police and the anti trafficking pimps in how they’re creating rules to protect us.

    All erotic laborers need to unite and assess what our common economy is and how we want to protect our selves!

    The dancer page on the ESPU site and several parts of already or in progress litigations. Same old, Same old.

    I mean here we have actual cases of labor racketeering and the feds could give a shit and then we see the feds spending loads of money on pimp non profits to fight human trafficking?

    Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here?

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