Fantasy eyed in dancers’ suit

Four dancers have filed suit against a Grand Junction strip club, contending that the owner of Fantasy has mistreated them by failing to employ them.

The dancers allege in the class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver that they should be employees rather than independent contractors who pay the club for the opportunity to perform there, as well split their tip proceeds with other people who work there, including DJs and bouncers.

Performers Jessica Mason, Michelle Cross, Allison Stebbing and Jamie Tencza filed the suit against Fantasy LLC, Fantasy Gentleman’s Club and owner Kevin Eardley and seek back wages, overtime pay, fees, fines, shared tips “and all other unlawful kickbacks.”

The treatment of dancers at Fantasy is “illegal, but not unique,” said attorney Mari Newman, who represents the dancers.

Newman filed the suit after she was approached by the performers, Newman said.

A fifth plaintiff is in the process of being added to the suit.

The suit is intended to “send a message to the adult entertainment industry” that it can’t treat its performers as independent contractors and must treat them as employees, Newman said.

“What this case highlights is that the adult-entertainment industry thinks it can exploit certain categories of workers because they’re vulnerable,” Newman said.

No comment was immediately available from Eardley.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.



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