Friday, April 11, 2014

Upper Midlands, Upstate clubs sued for failure to follow federal wage laws for sex workers

Sex workers sue Columbia, Greenville clubs for violating federal wage laws

COLUMBIA — Several sex workers have served nightclubs in the Upper Midlands and Upstate with lawsuits, charging that they violate the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The lawsuits were filed in federal courthouses in Columbia and Greenville back in the winter.

The three sex workers, the plaintiffs, are all from the Upper Midlands.

Heart Breakers Gentlemen's Club, located in Columbia and Greenville, and Platinum Plus, located in Columbia and Greenville, are the defendants in the lawsuit.

Predictably, the operators of all four clubs deny all of the allegations and say the dancers were independent contractors who were paid fairly. Last month, the operators filed a counterclaim seeking dance fees the strippers received, in addition to their regular wages.

The case is similar to others filed around the country, including in the Midlands of Georgia. In September 2013, a federal judge in New York City ruled that exotic dancers at a club there are protected by labor laws and entitled to at least a minimum wage.  That ruling was appealed.

WIS News 10

Gas station with homophobic invectives enrages citizens

LAGRANGE, Ga. — One gas station here is making citizens of this city and other Americans completely angry.

One resident of the city has already boycotted the store and he has told his friends to do the same.

“I couldn’t believe they put something like that up,” said customer Joshua Southern, who said he plans to no longer shop at the store.

“There is other ways to deal with it,” added Mr. Southern.  “You could say, ‘Pull your pants up. Nobody wants to see your butt.’”

The owner's father tore the sign down and replaced it with a non-homophobic sign requiring people to pull their pants (if they wear any) up, but the stubborn owner of the business came back to the store and reinstalled the bigoted sign.

Photo of the sign.

WSB-DT News 2

Woman saves male neighbor in early morning fire

GRANITE FALLS, N.C. — A woman saved her male neighbor from an early morning fire today.

The Granite Falls Fire Department was called to a residence at NATALIE CT around 6:48.

Susan Whiteman, who lives on GRACE VIEW CT, adjacent to where fire victim Michael Shireman lived, ran and screamed his name.

Mr. Shireman may have suffered a seizure while the blaze was ongoing.  That is when Mrs. Whiteman ran in and pulled him to safety.

"No I don't. I think God protects me on my duties and watches over me," said Mrs. Whiteman when she was asked if she was a hero.

Mr. Shireman was taken to the ER for burns.  The fire was ruled accidential.

WSOC-HD 9 Eyewitness News

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