Strippers must be paid at least minimum wage, judge rules

Strippers must be paid at least minimum wage, judge rules

A federal judge ruled this week that exotic dancers at a Midtown strip club are protected by labor laws and entitled to be paid at least a minimum wage.

The ruling came Tuesday in a class-action lawsuit brought by current and former dancers at Rick’s Cabaret, at 50 W. 33rd St. The lawsuit against Peregrine Enterprises – the subsidiary that operates the club – and the club’s Houston-based parent company, charged that the strippers were denied wages and required to pay a variety of fees to the club.

The club had argued that the dancers were independent contractors.

But Manhattan U.S. District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled that the dancers were the “main attraction” at the club and integral to its success.

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