GLENDALE, Colo. — A class-action lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Shotgun Willie’s with some former dancers accusing the popular adult club of exploiting them.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver on behalf of Chada Mantooth, Gale Raffaele, Alexis Nagle and Nicole Bujok.
The dancers claim the club made them pay to be allowed to work. They are seeking unpaid back wages, overtime pay, fees, shared tips, fines and “all other unlawful kickbacks,” according to the lawsuit.
The dancers are reliant on tips, which are shared with disc jockeys, bouncers and other employees, according to the lawsuit.
“This is yet another example of the adult entertainment industry exploiting vulnerable workers,” attorney Mari Newman said in a statement. “Workers deserve to be paid, regardless of the industry in which they work.”
A similar lawsuit was recently filed against the Lowrie, LLLC and VCG Holdings, the parent company of strip clubs across the country.
“These clubs’ refusal to pay their dancers is a clear violation of the law,” Newman said. “We hope this class action lawsuit will send a message to adult establishments everywhere that they must treat their workers fairly.”