Alaska exotic dancers seek minimum wage in federal suit

Three exotic dancers filed a wages-and-hours lawsuit against their former employers in an Alaska federal court. They are asking for $324,000 in back pay and other compensation. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the dancers received the minimum wage and tips for table dances and so-called VIP dances in a private lounge. In turn, the dancers had to pay a “house fee” of $10 an hour for each hour they worked and tip the bouncer, the DJ, the doorman, and the “House Moms and Dads” — floor supervisors. They also were expected to sell “souvenirs” provided by charities — Jerry’s Kids was one — and buy the souvenirs themselves if they could not sell them.

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