Strippers at NYC Club Awarded $10 Million in Back Wages

Dancers at a New York City strip club have been awarded more than $10 million in back wages and tips after suing to be paid at least a minimum wage.

A federal judge issued the ruling Friday in a lawsuit brought by current and former dancers at Rick's Cabaret in Manhattan.

The lawsuit said the strippers were denied wages and required to pay fees to the club. The club argued the dancers were independent contractors.

Club lawyers also said their salaries should be offset by the dancers' "performance fees." They included $20 for each "personal dance," and private-room fees starting at $100 for 15 minutes.

U.S District Judge Paul Engelmayer disagreed and awarded $10.8 million. He had ruled last year the dancers were entitled to minimum wage.

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