MIAMI – A Miami adult entertainment club is accused of misclassifying its exotic entertainers and dancers as independent contractors in a class action filed by two former dancers.
Leeza Garvin, Jenell Farnsworth, individually and behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on Dec. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division against the RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc.; Miami Gardens Square One Inc., doing business as Tootsie's Cabaret; and Eric Langan citing the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that their only compensation while working for the defendants was tips from patrons. The plaintiffs holds RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc.; Miami Gardens Square One Inc., doing business as Tootsie's Cabaret; and Langan responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to pay overtime premiums at a rate of time-and-one-half to the plaintiffs or pay a minimum wage.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek unpaid minimum wages, overtime compensation, unpaid wages, liquidated damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Andrew R. Frisch of Morgan & Morgan PA in Plantation.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division Case number 1:16-cv-25221-DPG