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Lap Dancer loses unfair dismissal claim

12 November 2010 #Employment

Nadine Quashie had brought an unfair dismissal claim against Stringfellows after she was let go in December 2008. However the Tribunal found it had no jurisdiction to hear the claim as she was not an employee, but was self employed.

Ms Quashi, who regularly earnt over £1,000 a night as a topless dancer,  had argued that she was an employee as the club imposed strict conditions on her, such as working a minimum 3 days per week, telling her how much she could charge, performing on the hour every hour to "girls girls girls" and being fined if she did not follow a strict code of rules.

Peter Stringfellow, owner of the club said: "Right from the word go this has been a vexatious law suit. She knew she was self employed as all the other girls did. We knew we were in the right and I am delighted at the decision."

Employmentbuddy has a useful Guidance Note on Employment Status and Atypical Workers.  See our Recruitment and Contracts section under HR Resources.

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