A federal judge has ruled that a group of Houston strippers at Polekatz club must be treated as regular employees rather than making their living off tips they’re expected to share with co-workers.
The labor lawsuit, brought on behalf of more than 20 dancers, many of whom have worked at the club on Westheimer near Hillcroft for years, says the strippers didn’t earn an hourly wage. They only took home tip money which they were required to share with other non-dancers. The club also skimmed off a “house fee,” essentially charging them for the right to work. The club owners said neither the house fee nor the sharing of tip money was mandatory, according to court records.