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Wausau woman sues Grand Daddy's and two other strip clubs over labor dispute

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) -- A Wausau woman is suing three strip clubs where she used to work, claiming she and fellow dancers were stripped of wages and overtime they earned.  

In the latest suit, the owners of the Four-Mile Gentlemen's Club at Fountain City contended that the strippers were independent contractors -- but La Crosse labor attorney Justin Peterson said they were actually employees entitled to wages-and-benefits.  

The La Crosse Tribune said Elizabeth Mays has similar suits pending in Wausau and Lincoln Nebraska -- and she hopes to sue two other clubs where she worked during her six years as a dancer.  

At Fountain City, Mays said the club's owners had "substantial control" over their work schedules, the clothes they had to wear, and the types of dancing they did.  She said they charged "stage fees" of 5-to-27-dollars, even if the club was almost empty and no one was tipping.  She said the club charged 50-dollars for being late for a work-shift.  

Mays said adult entertainment workers are vulnerable to being exploited, but she and her colleagues are entitled to the same labor protections as everyone else.  

Peterson said he has never seen a lawsuit like this lose.