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Ex-dancer sues strip club claiming unpaid wages

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An exotic dancer is suing Bourbon Street strip club Rick's Cabaret, claiming the business refused to pay wages and siphoned off tips to hundreds of its women performers.

Kelly Moncheski, a former dancer, filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in New Orleans. The Times Picayune reports she's suing on behalf of other former employees at Rick's Cabaret. The club, operated by RCI Entertainment of Louisiana, is located on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

The club's owners couldn't immediately be reached for comment Monday evening.

The lawsuit claims that Rick's Cabaret improperly classified dancers as independent contractors -- rather than employees -- to cheat them out of pay, overtime wages and tips.

More than 300 women have worked as dancers without being paid minimum wages, the lawsuit says.

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