Strippers sue Grand Junction club for back wages

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Strippers who say they were paid only in tips and had to pay to work at a Grand Junction club have filed a class action lawsuit against the club and its owner.

In the lawsuit announced Tuesday, five women who used to work at Fantasy Gentleman's Club said they received no wages at all to work there. Instead, they claim they had to pay varying rates to work at the club and then give bouncers up to 15 percent of their tips to the bouncers and disc jockeys who worked there.

The lawsuit claims the women were wrongly classified as independent contractors and seeks back wages, tips and overtime. Lawyers believe over 50 women who worked at the club over the last three years are eligible to join the suit.

Owner Kevin Eardley says that all of the dancers sign contracts as 'leased tenants' rather than employees, which means the pay the club to lease the space they dance in.

He also says that after they pay the 'house fee' they keep all of the tips they make while they use that space; however, if they use the 'champagne room' the club is entitled to a cut of their tips.

The women who sign these contracts make between $300 and $800 a night after paying fees according to Eardley.

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