It was dawn on a cold New York morning in late October, Fast forward into , and not only is the dispute unresolved, it has sparked a broader conversation about the general rights of strippers in their chosen line of employment. Not to mention, there has been a complete absence of wages being paid to strippers by clubs during that time. Complaints levelled at club owners are varied and numerous. A prevalent bone of contention is that strippers are classified by clubs as independent contractors, thus enabling club owners to shirk many basic duties an ordinary employer would be bound by. Yet the same employers readily exercise their right, as bosses, to fire girls on the spot for seemingly trivial misdemeanours.
Some of the clubs have just one, two or three black dancers. Gizelle and other organizers are developing a multi-pronged approach to combat industry discrimination, which may include lawsuits, legislative change, and working with individual clubs to change their policies. Lawsuits are an effective option to hold specific clubs accountable, but organizers also hope to push for new laws that advance systemic and lasting change across the stripping industry. In December, Gizelle and other dancers began working with the SOAR Institute , a sex-worker advocacy organization, to create a long-term organizing strategy. That is really what Gizelle and her colleagues have done. In New York, like most states across the country, strippers are classified as independent contractors. NYC dancers also say they are forced to compete for tips with bartenders, who clubs hire for their large social media followings.
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Stars like Channing Tatum and Cardi B are known for their success in movies and music. But before breaking through Hollywood, they took jobs as strippers to earn money — and they're not the only stars who have turned to exotic dancing. There are many other celebrities who revealed that they were strippers, whether it was for a weekend, a few months, or several years.