A hard-working stripper who put in 12-hour shifts for an adult enterainment firm that delivers dancers to private parties earned less than the bare minimum, a new lawsuit charges.
Crystal DiCesare sued Dial-A-Dancer in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday for stiffing her on wages, overtime and tips. Dial-A-Dancer hired the Brooklyn stripper last October. She quit two months later.
“She didn’t like getting screwed out of money she was promised,” said her attorney William Rand.
The lawsuit claims that DiCesare worked 12-hour nights, three nights a week without being paid any hourly wage or overtime. Instead, it says she and other strippers were paid out of the tips they collected at each party and after a portion was skimmed by Dial-A-Dancer owner Roger Otway.
DiCesare says she usually worked three parties a night and the tips totaled about $500. After the tips were split and Otway got his cut, her pay amounted to about $150 to $200 a week, the court papers say.
She is seeking minimum wage pay and overtime pay in damages as well as other damages.
Dial-A-Dancer’s website boasts that “we have the most gorgeous female dancers and the hottest, most professional male strippers available.”
“They not only ‘look great’ but will also offer interesting converstion, serve drinks and can offer lap dances before and after the main event,” it says.
A man who answered Dial-A-Dancer’s toll free number would not identify himself.
He said the strippers were “independent contractors and they are hired as such.”
He refused to answer any other questions and then hung up.
Shadiness in the sex industry??? Who would’ve thought…