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Dancer: Strip club didn't pay wages

Washington Post Editors

An exotic dancer has accused the owners of the Louis Rogue’s Gentleman’s Club of violating federal labor laws by not paying wages to dancers, who allegedly must work for tips.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the District, Tamika Nicole McKay, who dances under the name Cherokee, said she worked approximately 36 hours a week from about March 2007 through January 2010 at the club, four nights a week, without wages.

Dancers were charged a $10 to $15 “stage fee” and $30 to $40 nightly to pay for music from a jukebox, McKay claimed.

The case, named as defendants Louis A. Sigalas and 9th Street Restaurants Inc. In a telephone interview, Sigalas referred questions to his son, George Sigalas, who did not return messages left at the club Tuesday afternoon. But Louis Sigalas said some of the dancers “ask to come to work, for tips,” as contractors.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

By Washington Post Editors  | September 21, 2010; 6:05 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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