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Court Rules Swinging Richard’s Owner Liable and Club Must Reimburse Exotic Dancer for Fees, Fines, and Tip-Outs Paid to the Club

On June 03, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted our motion in part, and ruled that (1) owner C.B. jones qualifies as an employer and is therefore individually liable to the exotic dancers at Swinging Richards in Atlanta, Georgia, (2) the club is a covered enterprise required to pay minimum wages, and that (3) the club must reimburse the exotic dancers for fines, fees, and tip-outs paid in addition to providing them with $7.25 an hour for each hour they have worked. The court also denied the club’s counterclaims against the exotic dancers for breaches of contract and unjust enrichment.

“The Court’s order adheres to the sound principal that employers cannot require their employees to pay to work, and when companies violate the law, owners and officers may be on the hook for those violations,” remarked Plaintiffs’ attorney Rebekah L. Bailey.

Next, the parties will proceed to trial on the question of damages, willfulness, and liquidated damages. Plaintiffs are represented by Paul J. Lukas, and Rebekah Bailey from Nichols Kaster, PLLP. The case is styled as Henderson v. 1400 Northside Drive, Inc. d/b/a Swinging Richards.