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The chain was sold, but Foster continues to operate the single Jaguars Dallas on Stemmons. The women, who danced for tips shared with DJs and house moms and managers and had to pay just to get in the door. Jaguars, said the initial complaint, "refuse[d] to compensate them whatsoever for any hours worked.

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Plaintiffs' only compensation is in the form of tips from club patrons. Moreover, Plaintiffs are required to divide their tips with [club owners] and other employees who do not customarily receive tips.

Jaguars, like most strip clubs, disagreed, insisting they were no more than contract laborers. Said Jaguars' attorneys, the dancers were "permitted to perform And, they claimed, "no performer was required, or did perform in excess of 40 hours per week. Almost immediately after the three women filed their suit, things got ugly.

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According to an emergency motion filed in DecemberJaguars' owners told dancers to " a contract that waived their right to this lawsuit" lest they lose their spot on the main stage. When one of the entertainers, Claudia Rede, refused to the document," says the document filed in federal court, "Defendants made good Jaguars gold club dallas their threats and fired her on the spot.

But dancers, current and former, did the lawsuit, and in January it was certified as a collective action pitting about women, including one house mom, against Jaguars. Some of the dancers would eventually drop out for unspecified reasons.

Over several months, dancers came forward to tell the same story: Not only were they not getting properly paid, but "they had to pay a fee to the clubs for each shift they worked," according to U. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez's recap filed in court documents. In April the dancers and club owners decided it was better to settle than fight, and spent the next year hashing out an agreement. Ramirez ed off on the settlement last month with the recommendation that the dancers attorneys collect 30 percent in fees.

They wanted 40 percent. On Christmas Eve U. District Judge Reed O'Connor ed the final judgement and awarded the attorneys His ature closed the case. Kennedy has close to two dozen similar cases going at this very moment.

Jaguars' attorney, Roger Albright, did not return phone calls left last week, and could not be reached today. The lawyers make hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the dancers make peanuts. Meanwhile, Jaguars has a new legal issue with which to contend: Dallas city attorneys are trying to shutter and seize the club following the arrest and indictment of 15 people alleged to have been selling drugs out of there.

The club is appealing the city's attempt to revoke its sexually oriented business. And on Tuesday Albright filed a response to the city's lawsuit, insisting Jaguars does not "knowingly tolerate habitual criminal activity on the Property. Robert WilonskySpecial Contributor.

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Texas Gov. The women, who danced for tips Jaguars gold club dallas with DJs and house moms and managers and had to pay just to get in the door, said they were employees working far more than hour work weeks deserving of a minimum wage and overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

And the result is a familiar one. In October a Nevada judge ruled that strippers are employeesnot contractors, echoing what another judge in New York said in October when finding against Texas-based Rick's. The Latest Arlington firefighter mourned after death in Cancun that family members reportedly think was murder By Hojun Choi. Most Popular on DallasNews.