Former exotic dancer sues Woodford County strip club for back pay

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM CDT
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WOODFORD COUNTY (25 News Now) - A former exotic dancer at a Woodford County strip club is suing the business for back pay, claiming she was incorrectly labeled as a contractor.

Brandi Campbell of Champaign and her lawyers filed suit last month in federal court disputing the way Kappa Kabanna in Kappa paid wages.

Campbell claims she wasn’t paid either the state or federal minimum wage, and had to tip others, including the club each night.

“In order to perform her job, Plaintiff was required to pay “promo fees” to Kappa in an amount of approximately $17 for every shift,” the lawsuit alleged.

“Campbell also was required to share her tips with managers and with non-service employees or agents of the Kappa, such as disc jockeys and security,” the lawsuit also said.

The court document also alleges the club’s management kept 20% of Campbell’s credit card tips by imposing a 20% surcharge on all credit card transactions.

Campbell said she worked at the club from October 2021 to February of this year.

Kappa is located north of the Twin-Cities, near the Woodford-McLean County line.

A similar suit brought against Club Cabaret in Creve Coeur was settled out of court in 2017 for a reported $1 million.

Kappa Kabanna’s general manager declined comment about the lawsuit Tuesday night.

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