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Strippers sue owners of Springfield area clubs

February 5, 2010

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Exotic dancers and other employees of five Springfield area strip clubs have filed an unfair wages lawsuit against the owners of the clubs.

The suit filed in Hampden Superior Court by three dancers, two disc jockeys and two bartenders alleges that the clubs paid them no salaries and denied them standard worker benefits. The dancers say they were expected to pay $40 to $100 kickbacks per shift.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs tells The Republican of Springfield that the club owners' business practices were "not legal under any circumstances."

The defendants are three members of the Santaniello family, the owners of a company that oversees four Springfield clubs and one in South Hadley.

Their lawyer said his clients "vigorously" deny the allegations.

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Information from: The Springfield Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/