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Topless bar illegally fired strippers after complaints of unsafe working conditions, labor board says

The strippers protested the unsafe working conditions outside the Star Garden.Provided

  • The Star Garden strippers were illegally fired, the The National Labor Relations Board said.

  • The dancers said they worked in dangerous conditions, including rat infestation and rusty fingernails.

  • They tried to unionize and get better terms after three of them were fired in February.

A topless bar in North Hollywood violated labor laws after firing three strippers and preventing 15 others from working there, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

The decision to file a lawsuit by the council’s Los Angeles regional office on Tuesday was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The group of strippers were barred from working at the Star Garden in February and have been holding regular protests outside the site ever since.

The group filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after being fired or expelled in February. They claimed Star Garden had committed 30 violations of OSHA regulations that “protect workers’ rights to safe and healthy workplaces.”

They claimed they had to work in unsafe conditions due to rat infestations, broken glass on the floor, cockroaches, rusty nails on stage and bedbugs on furniture, the New York reported. Post.

Kayla Blado, spokeswoman for the NLRB, told the LA Times that the Star Garden “unlawfully retaliated” against the dancers because they “raised concerns about their health and safety.”

The labor board has asked the company to reimburse the dancers for the damages and will ask an administrative judge to order their reinstatement at a hearing next year, the newspaper reported.

The women submitted a petition in March calling on the Star Garden to treat them with “basic dignity and humanity”. They also demanded that he put in place security measures such as preventing customers from filming them and staying after closing time, the petition states.

They then made a retrospective bid to unionize and join the Actors’ Equity Association in August. Their efforts to unionize have been stalled because bar owners say not all dancers were employees, according to the report.

NLRB and Star Garden legal representative Vahe Khojayan did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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