By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/WIS) - A group of strippers is suing several South Carolina nightclubs, saying they weren't paid according to federal standards.
The lawsuit filed in federal court earlier this year accuses clubs in Columbia and Greenville of violating minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The three Midlands women are suing the operators of Heart Breakers Gentlemen's Club and Platinum Plus in Columbia and Greenville.
Club operators deny 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. In September, 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.