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*When it comes to a hard day’s or night’s work, strippers need a fair (pardon the pun) shake as much as fully clothed workers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a lawsuit was recently filed against the Diamond Club by exotic dancers Brittany Thompson, Jennifer Hight, Katherine Bellows and Danielle McElroy. In the suit, the women are seeking the return of unpaid wages, alleged illegal kickback payments, interest, attorney’s fees and costs as well as class-action status to cover about 200 more current and former dancers who have worked at the club over the past three years.

The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, goes on to note that Diamond Club has “maintained a pattern and practice of not paying wages, not paying for overtime wages, failing to provide proper time for required lunch and rest breaks and otherwise failing to provide statutorily mandated wages and compensation.”

The plaintiffs in the case, some of whom have worked at the club since 2009, said their job was to perform as nude dancers and provide other entertainment to customers,” according to the Journal-Constitution, which added that the strippers claim the club has classified them as independent contractors rather than employees.

In addition, the suing strippers took issue with various taxes and tariffs that they have to pay. This includes 10 percent for having a DJ spin their songs while they are performing, 10 percent of their tips, and fees for the manager, VIP sales, credit cards and late-arrival and early-leave fees.

For more details on the Atlanta strippers’ lawsuit against Diamond Club, click here.