NEW ORLEANS -- Saying her clients are being cheated out of wages, New Orleans labor attorney Alexandra Mora filed a lawsuit against Rick’s Cabaret in federal court Monday.
Mora’s lawsuit reveals claims by the dancers that the club does not pay any minimum wage, and management collects portions of their tips.
“We believe that the dancers are tipped employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Mora. “As such, they are entitled to receive minimum wages under the FLSA, and to retain all tips given to them by customers when they perform dances.”
The lawsuit also claims the employment arrangement leaves the dancers without any protection under workers compensation laws.
The club, in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, advertises itself as an 18,000 square foot oasis, featuring "two floors of delight" and "the most beautiful women in New Orleans." The club also operates Rick’s Sporting Saloon, in the 500 block of Bourbon.
Eyewitness News left messages at two numbers listed by the club seeking comment, but those calls have not yet been returned.