Amanda Berry, an exotic dancer at Pin Ups, a popular strip club in Atlanta, Georgia, has filed a lawsuit claiming she was fired because she became pregnant, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Berry, who is joined in the lawsuit with exotic dancer A’Cire Newby, claims that Pin Ups is in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
In addition to discrimination because of her pregnancy, Berry claims that the strip club charged illegal fees, including “leave early fees” and “slow day fees,” and classified dancers as independent contractors instead of employees so that they didn’t have to pay wages.
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The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month, claims that Pin Ups owners misclassified Newby and Berry as independent contractors rather than employees, paying them only gratuities from customers and not minimum wage or overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a week.
But the lawsuit claims the club management regulated all aspects of their work including hours, time and manner of dancing, attire, and how they interacted with customers.
It also says club managers fined dancers for arriving late, if they didn’t appear onstage when their names were called, or if they weren’t dressed and ready on the club floor within 30 minutes of arriving. And management demanded daily fees from $35 to $95, including “bar fees,” “DJ fees,” “breathalyzer test fees,” “leave early fees” and even “slow day fees,” the lawsuit claims.