Attorneys for the club have not been reached.
In 2009, The Onyx, another Atlanta adult club, was sued. The case was settled with 73 dancers paid a total of $1.55 million, court records showed.
“The Onyx decision was the case that got everyone’s attention,” Bridgers said.
The latest suit states that “At all times … defendants intentionally and willfully misclassified plaintiffs as independent contractors.”
Legal experts say the distinction between determining whether a worker is an “independent contractor” or an “employee” turns on factors including how much control the employer wields over the worker, how much the employer determines the worker’s income, and the permanency of the relationship between the parties.
Another key factor, Bridgers said, is “how integral the service rendered is to the business. In the case of adult night clubs, it is their entire reason for existing.”
Mizner-Klearman and Maxey started working for Doll House II in 2013. They are seeking compensation including unpaid wages due them, plus legal costs.