Entertainers who work, or worked, at the Atlanta adult entertainment club Magic City filed a lawsuit on March 28, 2014 in federal court for unpaid wages and liquidated damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The plaintiffs filed their complaint on behalf of themselves and all other entertainers who wish to join the lawsuit. According to the complaint, Magic City misclassifies its entertainers as independent contractors, instead of employees. The complaint explains that the club uses this improper classification to avoid paying the entertainers a minimum wage, and to charge them fees to work, impose fines for rules violations, and require entertainers to tip out other workers.
Rebekah Bailey, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, states “Magic City treats its entertainers like employees. But, instead of paying them a proper wage, the club makes the entertainers pay to work. That’s not right, and it violates the law.”
The case is entitled Vaughan v. M-Entertainment Properties, LLC d/b/a Magic City, case number 1:14-cv-00914-JEC, and is filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs are represented by Michele R. Fisher, Rebekah L. Bailey, and Anna P. Prakash from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Jeff Kerr and Craig Nydick from Mays & Kerr, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information is available here or by contacting Nichols Kaster toll-free at (877) 344-4628.