Living the life as a club promoter may seem exciting, fast, and exhilarating, but for how long does this feeling last? Several former club promoters and marketing directors from popular Washington D.C. nightclubs are coming forward and sharing the ugly truth of what goes on behind club doors. The former Marketing Director at Love Nightclub in D.C. decided to quit after he noticed several things taken place at the club. The owner Dean Smothers and his manager Davit were not paying their promoters what they have earned. He accomplished this by making sure that he didn’t sign any contracts with promoters and went off of a "take my word" approach to his business. “There are several promoters that he owes hundreds if not thousands of dollars to” the source shares.
Furthermore, he would instruct a promoter to come up to the club to receive his/her payment for working and they are being met with threats and physical violence by the club's security guards. One promoter received a brutal beating outside of the club after a party simply because he asked for his money, while the owner and manager walked inside so they wouldn't be a "witness" to the altercation the source explains. There have been several promoters that have been lied to, tricked, and manipulated into think that they were going to get paid the following week, and when that week comes, they still didn't get paid, and were told to wait a few more days or another week.
When asked by promoters to receive contracts, paper checks or W-2s so they can prove that they have jobs, Dean and his manager denied them those rights that every legitimate employee should have by law. The reason behind this was because Dean told promoters “If we don't do checks or W-2s, you won't have to pay taxes on that money, why would you not want tax free money?" the source adds. In this tough economy, all people want to do is work and get compensated for their work efforts, but when people aren't getting paid, or asked to agree to take a reduction in pay just so they can get some money right then and there to pay bills, it might make you reconsider where you are spending your weekends or where you want to work in the nightclub industry.