Judge approves settlement for 28,000 exotic dancers
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.