Judge ap­proves set­tle­ment for 28,000 ex­otic dancers

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DETROIT | A fed­eral judge in Detroit has ap­proved a $6.5 mil­lion set­tle­ment in a wage dis­pute in­volv­ing 28,000 ex­otic dancers in the U.S.

The class-action law­suit cen­tered on whether women who dance nude or to­p­less for the Deja Vu chain of clubs should be treated as em­ploy­ees or pri­vate con­trac­tors.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Stephen Mur­phy III ap­proved the set­tle­ment Mon­day, say­ing it will bring “long-term struc­tural changes” to the re­la­tion­ship be­tween dancers and the clubs.

The Detroit Free Press re­ported that some dancers could re­ceive less than $200.

Separately, dancers who wish to work as in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors will share in a $4.5 mil­lion pool of cred­its, which will off­set the fees charged by clubs to per­form.

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