Casa Diablo dancers sue for back pay, harassment

Many dancers are classified as independent contractors

Matilda Bickers, left, and Amy Pitts are suing Casa Diablo for back pay and over claims of harassment by bouncers and customers, Jan. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Matilda Bickers, left, and Amy Pitts are suing Casa Diablo for back pay and over claims of harassment by bouncers and customers, Jan. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Two dancers at Portland’s vegan strip club are suing for thousand of dollars in back pay and over claims of harassment by bouncers and customers.

Amy Pitts, who worked at Casa Diablo, is one of the plaintiffs in the suit, along with Matilda Bickers. Said Pitt: “In a strip club it’s normalized and you are expected to take [that kind of treatment.] The fact that we have a problem with it makes us prudes.”

Many dancers are classified as independent contractors, so employers don’t have to provide benefits such as sick leave.

A group of local dancers is now working with the National Association of Social Workers to get a bill passed in Oregon to better protect exotic dancers.

KOIN 6 News was unable to reach the owner of Casa Diablo for comment.

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