MYRTLE BEACH (AP) — A former dancer at a strip club in Myrtle Beach has sued the business, accusing the owners of violating state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws.
The lawsuit accuses of operators of Thee New Dollhouse of also improperly requiring dancers to share tips they earn for lap dances and other services, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported.
Alexis DiGidio filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of dancers in similar circumstances. She worked at the club and its previous business between 2004 and 2011.
The lawsuit says DiGidio is now one of the club’s wait staff.
The operator of the club, Michael J. Peter and Associates, has not filed a response to the lawsuit. There was no response to messages left Wednesday.
The lawsuit says the operators improperly categorize the dancers as independent contractors who are not subject to the wage and hour laws.
The lawsuit says the club requires dancers to pay $100 to perform, where they earn money through tips rather than wages. The dancers also are required to share at least $25 from their tips with co-workers including the disc jockey, house mom, valet attendant and floor host.
Dancers also must pay the club $10 from the proceeds of every lap dance and $50 from each 30-minute private dance, according to the lawsuit.
“As a result of the mandatory house fees and required tip-outs, dancers sometimes receive little to no actual compensation despite hours of work,” the lawsuit says.