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

Patrick Frye

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."
"This is the Kansas Supreme Court. This is where it ends."

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