Five former dancers sued the nightclub, claiming they were misclassified by the club as independent contractors and therefore were not paid minimum wage. In May , the court ruled in favor of the dancers, forcing Northside Drive Inc. According to the bankruptcy filing, most of the creditors to whom the company owes money are these dancers and their attorneys. The club also owes an unknown amount of income tax, interest, and penalties to the Georgia Department of Revenue. Because they filed for Chapter 11, Swinging Richards will remain open while they reorganize their finances. Who cares! Its a strip club. What has the club actually done for the community?
The parent company of the Westside club, Northside Drive Inc. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta Read the filing here. In a Chapter 11 case, a business remains open and operating while reorganizing its finances. Atlanta Business Chronicle tracked down court documents that give a glimpse inside the finances of one of Atlanta's most popular gay bars and the owner behind the establishment. According to court documents , five former dancers at the night club alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied minimum wage. In May , the court ruled in favor of their claims and said the owner, Northside Drive Inc. In a similar case, The Pink Pony in Brookhaven in filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following the adoption of new alcohol rules and labor complaints by some dancers.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. North Miami Beach residents aren't so concerned that there's a new gay strip joint in town. They're more concerned about the club's name: Swinging Richards. For you slow folk out there, that pretty much translates to "Swinging Dicks.
However, that seems to no longer be the case: the gay Atlanta favorite has announced they will be introducing female dancers into a daytime lineup to garner more revenue. Owner C. Jones told Project Q Atlanta that the club is set to hire 20 female dancers in order to help fund litigation costs after five former dancers sued for unpaid wages.