According to state and federal employment guidelines, employees must be paid at least the minimum hourly wage. This allows workers in Florida and elsewhere to be entitled to earn a wage that allows them to provide for their families. Companies that are not paying minimum wage may think that they can get away with it, though they will likely discover that the law does not permit such wrongful behavior.
An exotic dancer in another state alleges she was not paid minimum wage while she was working at an adult entertainment facility. She claims she was classified as an independent contractor when she should have been treated as an employee. According to her complaint, none of the dancers were paid an hourly wage and were forced to share their tips with their co-workers and the club.
She alleges that she was denied payment for overtime. The plaintiff attempted to gain class-action status for her lawsuit so the more than 75 other workers would be able to join, but it was never achieved. The owners of the club countered that the plaintiff had signed a contract which did not allow her to sue the company and that any disputes were to be settled through arbitration. Accordingly, the federal suit was withdrawn voluntarily.
This was not the end of the dispute, as a settlement was subsequently reached between the parties to pay the plaintiff an undisclosed amount. The company denied the claims that it was not paying minimum wage or overtime. All workers in Florida and elsewhere have the right to a fair wage and to be paid for the hours that they work in accordance with state and federal laws. Those who feel they have been wronged have the right to file and pursue claims against their employers in an attempt to secure the money which they believe they are owed.
Source: pennlive.com, "Exotic dancer settles wage dispute against Harrisburg club", Matt Miller, April 16, 2015