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Judge Allows Strippers' Class Action Lawsuit Against Rick's Cabaret Owner

By DNAinfo Staff on December 29, 2010 6:55pm

Rick's Cabaret strippers are suing their employer.
Rick's Cabaret strippers are suing their employer.
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By Shayna Jacobs

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — Dozens of strippers will be allowed to advance a $5 million class action lawsuit against the corporation that owns Rick's Cabaret, a Midtown strip club, a Manhattan federal judge ruled in a decision made public Wednesday.

The judge said the group of more than 50 strippers have proved that the strip club's international corporation was their legal employer — not the local Rick's Cabaret — allowing the workers to chase compensation from the deeper pockets of the club's parent company, Ricks' Cabaret International, the New York Post reported.

The group of pole-dancing plaintiffs are reportedly alleging that they were cheated out of money they earned in "dance dollars," a fake currency redeemable in lap dances.

While working at the West 33rd Street club, they purportedly received only $18 of the $24 value of the lap dance tickets, according to the Post's report.

Rick's Cabaret International owns several of strip clubs and over 20 clubs in total nation-wide, according to the company's website.