Nichols Kaster Files Case Against Atlanta Club on Behalf of Entertainers

On November 13, 2013, two former entertainers employed by 1400 Northside Drive, Inc. (d/b/a “Swinging Richards”) filed suit in Georgia federal court on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated current and former entertainers seeking unpaid wages and liquidated damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).   According to the complaint, Swinging Richards misclassifies its exotic dancers (“entertainers”), including plaintiffs, as “independent contractors” in order to charge them fees as a precondition to working, impose fines for violating the clubs internal policies, require them to tip out other workers at the end of each night, and avoid paying them the minimum wage required under the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. § 216(b). 

Nicholas Thompson, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, stated, “We look forward to helping our clients and other entertainers recover the fees, fines and tips they paid to the club and any minimum wages they may be due under the law.”  The case is entitled Henderson et al. v. 1400 Northside Drive, Inc. d/b/a Swinging Richards, case number 1:13-cv-03767-TWT, and is filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The plaintiffs are represented by Tim C. Selander, Nichols D. Thompson, and Anna P. Prakash from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Jeff Kerr and John Mays from Mays & Kerr, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information can be found here.