It is enough to make Tony Soprano and the guys at the BaDa Bing! weep. Patsy Hamaker, a stripper at The Furnace in Birmingham, is suing the strip club over a car accident: claiming that she was pushed to drink with clients to raise revenue and that her employer should have stopped her from driving given her intoxication.
Dancers are paid a percentage of drink sales that clients purchase and are encouraged to push them to buy drinks for themselves and the dancers. It appears that the old dump-the-drink-in-the-planter approach is not always available in these conditions.
One one level, this is a standard extension of the Dram Shop litigation. However, such laws usually bar (either practically or expressly) recovery to the drunk. They are primarily used by third parties suing a bar. Nevertheless, it is not unheard of for the drunk to sue an employer.
The role of the job incentive makes this a more interesting case. While the court is likely to be a bit hostile to the case, it is worth a serious look. This is a relatively unique job where alcohol consumption is encouraged with a strong financial incentive. If the club has not system or supervision regarding drunk driving, there is a plausible claim of negligence. No one is suggesting the need for a MADS (Managers Against Drunk Strippers) organization. Rather, a business that pushes employees to drink should have some responsibility for dealing with the obvious danger of late night drunk driving.
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5 thoughts on “Stripper Sues Club After Alcohol-Related Accident”
Did they really settle?
What a dream job. Did I say dream job. So why didn’t she sue em for sexual harassment to boot? I hope like heck that the owners didn’t settle, come on.
is that an error? shouldnt it be Pasty Hamaker?
Nal can you weigh in on this?
She was just awarded 100k.
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