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Doll House, Star’s, Cleo’s, Crystal Cabaret, and Diamond Club - Misclassification/Unpaid Wages

Nichols Kaster, PLLP, represents entertainers in a class action against Doll House, Star’s, Cleo’s, Crystal Cabaret, and Diamond Club along with attorneys from the following firms: Burr & Smith, LLP, John B. Gallagher, PA, and Aloia Roland Lubell & Morgan, PLLC.

In 2015 several entertains filed complaints against the above-mentioned exotic dance clubs for violations of the Florida Minimum Wage Act and the Florida Constitution. The entertainers allege claims on behalf of a class of potential entertainers and assert that the clubs intentionally misclassified entertainers as independent contractors rather than employees, and in doing so failed to pay entertainers any wages for their work. Instead, the clubs made entertainers pay to work by unlawfully charging house fees, imposing fines to enforce internal club policies, and requiring entertainers to “tip out” (or pay) the club’s other employees at the end of each night.

In the spring of 2018 the parties settled these cases. The Court consolidated the lawsuits into one action and preliminarily approved the settlement. This agreement provides each eligible class member who timely returns a claims form with $65.00 for each shift she worked between April 9, 2011 and July 31, 2017. An entertainer meets the class definition if she worked during the relevant time period for at least five (5) or more shifts at Doll house, Star’s, Cleo’s, Crystal Cabaret, and/or the Diamond Club, and if she did not sign an enforceable arbitration agreement that contains a class action wavier.

Type of Case

Unpaid Minimum Wages

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Case Updates

  • February 8, 2016

    Doll House Update

    On January 15, 2016, Nichols Kaster, PLLP teamed up with the Burr & Smith Law Firm, noticing an appearance on this case.  Nichols Kaster will assist their Florida co-counsel in the fight to recover unpaid wages and to recoup all fines, fees, and tips paid by Ms. Tapia and other Doll House entertainers.​

Additional Information

How do I know if I am included in the settlement?

You should have received a notice of settlement in the mail if the clubs’ records and/or Orange County licenses showed that you may have performed at The Doll House, Star’s World Class Men’s Club, Cleo’s Crystal Cabaret and/or Diamond Club as an entertainer at some point between April 9, 2011 and July 31, 2017 and did not sign an enforceable arbitration agreement with a class action waiver. If you did not, but you believe you qualify based on the information contained here, contact the claims administrator with the information below.

What are my options if I am included?

Receive Settlement Funds: Please refer to the below question/answer.

Receive No Settlement Funds and Request to be Excluded: Please refer to the notice you should have received with specific instructions on what to do if you make this choice.

Object to the Settlement: Please refer to the notice you should have received with specific instructions on what to do if you make this choice.

If I am included, how do I receive my settlement amount?

In order to receive a portion of the settlement amount, you must truthfully complete and submit the claims form (enclosed in the Notice of Settlement). The claims form will ask you to identify the number of shifts you worked at each club each year during the relevant time period. The completed and signed claims form must be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Claims Administrator at the following address so that it is received on or before September 6, 2018.

Tapia v Doll House Claims Administrator

c/o Ruse Consulting, Inc. – 6072

PO Box 54

Minneapolis, MN 55440-0054

Phone: (877) 906-1603

Fax: (866) 898-5088

Email: administrator@tapiavdollhousesettlement.com

When will I receive my settlement check?

Settlement checks will be mailed to class members who file timely claim forms within forty (40) days of the Court issuing final approval of the settlement. Settlement checks will become void after one-hundred twenty (120) days. More than one settlement check may be issued. You will be notified by the Claims Administrator when you are receiving the last settlement check if multiple settlement checks are to be issued.

Can the clubs retaliate against me for filing a Claim Form?

No. The law prevents employers from retaliating against current or former employees for participating in a settlement such as this one.

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