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Spearmint Rhino, Dancers Asked To Weigh In On Epic’s Impact

May 29, 2018

The Spearmint Rhino chain of nightclubs and a group of exotic dancers who worked there were ordered by a California federal judge Tuesday to explain how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems impacts a contested $8.5 million settlement in their case.

The clubs, led by Santa Barbara Hospitality Services Inc., had drawn the court’s attention to the Supreme Court’s May 21 ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, in which the justices found 5-4 that employment agreements forcing workers to sign away their rights to pursue class claims are legal, the day after it came down, court records show.

The long-running dispute between the Spearmint Rhino clubs and the dancers who work there had appeared, earlier this year, to be reaching a settlement that would do away with claims by lead plaintiffs Lauren Byrne, Bambie Bedford and Jennifer Disla that they were denied overtime and minimum wage, weren’t provided with meal and rest breaks and had their tips misappropriated. The dancers are represented by Jennifer Liakos, Salvatore C. Badala and Paul B. Maslo of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC  among others.

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