Exotic Dancers in California go on Strike

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Solidarity: Their legal employment status went from contractors to direct employees, now they have the right to unionize

News 25 Central Texas, February 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (KCAL/KCBS/CNN) – Some adult dancers in Los Angeles say they aren't getting a fair shake at LA strip clubs, due in part to a California court ruling.

The group calls themselves "Soldiers of Pole" and they picketed outside the 'Crazy Girls Club' in Hollywood Friday.

They want, among other things, fair wages after they say a state court ruling changed their status from independent contractors to actual employees.

Now clubs have to pay them an hourly wage but the women say management is keeping a bigger chunk of their tips, and charging them new fees.

"We no longer should have to pay to work. We shouldn't have to pay house fees. We shouldn't have to give any sort of percentage of our tips to management or any other employees and we want to stop the sexual harassment and assault in the clubs," said Domino Ray. 

The group says the ruling has its pros and cons. 

Now that they are classified as employees, the dancers have a right to unionize

They have also consulted with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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