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Stripper Unemployment Benefits: Exotic Dancers In Kansas Collect The Gov Check

Stripper Unemployment Benefits: Exotic Dancers In Kansas Collect The Gov Check

Stripper unemployment benefits just became the law of the land, at least in Kansas. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that exotic dancers at a strip club called Club Orleans have the right to collect unemployment insurance as employees and should not be considered independent contractors.

In 2005, one of Club Orlean’s strippers filed an unemployment claim. The strip club considered their exotic dancers to be independent contractors since the strippers earn money solely through cash tips and technically they are renting space on the stage for them to perform.

According to Business Insider, the Kansas Department of Labor Contributions Unit filed a lawsuit against the owner of the strip club, Milano’s. The Kansas Supreme Court decided that these strippers were in fact employees of the club since they were required to follow house rules, which set minimum rates for particular dances and rules binding interactions with customers.

Michael Merriam, an attorney for Milano’s, a company that owned Club Orleans since 2002, told ABC News that the ruling was incorrectly decided:

“The court relied almost entirely on the fact that we had some house rules which were requested by the dancers. They were designed to keep everything legal And the court relied on that fact alone to say we had control over them and that made them employees.”

The lawyer said the strip club does not plan on appealing this decision:

“This is the Kansas Supreme Court. This is where it ends.”

For a stripper to file an unemployment claim is just a sign of the times. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a fight broke out between multiple strippers over a single dollar bill. Sex did not sell for the Octomom either, since Nadya Suleman is now back on welfare since her night-time gig as a stripper does not pay the bills after she featured in porn videos.

Do you think that strippers, or exotic dancers as they prefer to be called, should be allowed unemployment benefits?

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12 Responses to “Stripper Unemployment Benefits: Exotic Dancers In Kansas Collect The Gov Check”

  1. Tomas Hernandez

    They should only receive benefits if they pay taxes. Not sure here but I believe independent contractors receive a 1099 which is how their taxes are assessed… nevertheless, if you pay taxes, you get a check, provided you were not fired for cause.

  2. David Coxe

    Ok lets take this a step Further: Now real estate Agents can file for unemployment when they have few sales to none for a month or two. I am so game to this ruling.

  3. Patrick Frye

    A 1099 is not necessary for filing as an independent contractor, although it makes things easier. There's other categories where income can be listed and there's a self employment tax that is the equivalent of FICA.

  4. Teresa Wagenbaur-Cohen

    I also believe that if one claims an income, pays taxes, and receives a 1099 from their employer then yes they should be able to claim unemployment. Now, how does the establishment in which they work give them a 1099 if the girls receive tips? Are these tips collected and recorded by the establishment? The bars and nightclubs in which these ladies dance would have to collect more than rental fees so that they would be able to pay into the unemployment fund so that someone could collect if necessary, right? That part I'm a little confused with…

  5. Crystal Traverse

    Really.. This truly is pathetic! Wow.. What is the world coming to when "entertainers" actually believe that they are entitled to unemployment benefits! For starters, unemployment benefits are determined based on a percentage of what an individual has made over a given period of time while employed. That being said, how could funds be properly allocated when "entertainers" do not receive a pay check from the club, they take home 'cash' tips daily, in which they are NOT required to report to the club or anyone else the exact amount of said tips. As for using the excuse that there are rules at the club to justify that these individuals are employees and not independent contractors is absurd. Rules must be in place in any establishment to maintain some sort of order. These women are free to work whenever and wherever they want! They are not constrained to any type of schedule. Therefore, is it really to much to ask that when they DO decide to work that they follow a few simple rules. If these women were unhappy with the way in which the establish conducted its' business they were free to walk away at any time and go to another club. I guess it isn't enough to manipulate men into giving them money, so they turn to manipulating the government. Idiotic strippers, are the ones that give honest 'entertainers' a bad name. Not all entertainers are pathetic, manipulating scum! I know there is a bad stigma associated with this profession, but there are women who actually use it to make their lives better. There is absolutely no reason why an entertainer should be asking for government hand outs! If you are that type of entertainer than just do the rest a favor and go collect your welfare checks and stay out of the clubs! I apologize if I offended any of you whom may read this, but I really can't stand stupid b@tches! ***Excuse my language***.

  6. Adam Albino

    This day in age Crystal it looks like everyone is trying to get a handout. That's PART of what got us in this bind in the first place. When people start relying on others or the government without repaying or working for themselves and doing everything they can to make ends meet. I remember a time when I reverted back to riding my bicycle cause I made some mistakes I had to learn from. Some people just aren't willing to do that. Others know there is not work in their city and just truly don't have the money to get away and move closer to a better area with more opportunity present. As for those people it would be good for them to receive some benefits but only with some written decree of what their plan of action is, and a background check of their work ethic. As for those who wish to live off the gov. and expect a hand out they wouldn't be hard to sort out given their previous choices. They should be told to go to the unemployment office and report often to receive a check and to accept a job offer and keep coming back while doing that job if they wish to find a more suitable occupation. No need to be sittin on there tail.