Strippers in Kansas will now be eligible for unemployment. A court ruled that unemployment insurance in the state of Kansas is now available to exotic dancers. According to a report from Wednesday (Feb. 6), the reasoning stems from a 2005 case that had been brought up. In that case a Club Orleans dancer had filed for unemployment, but her club had stated that she was an independent contractor at the time.
This could be marked as a groundbreaking case, because it states that exotic dancers are employees of the clubs they work at and not just freelancers making all of their income off of tips. The court stated that the club had exercised control over the dancers and that constituted an employer-employee relationship. This case could end up shaping how exotic dancers are treated in many other states as well.
The Kansas case states that if an exotic dancer is no longer allowed to perform at a club, she/he can then file for unemployment from the state. Some situations, though, could come down to how a club deals with its dancers and whether an employee-employer relationship can truly be proven by the dancers. At the end of the day, the bottom line is that unemployment is now granted for former strippers.