*For Immediate Release* August 2nd, 2008
Fifty Employees and Supporters to Gather Outside Flamingo
Night Club to Publicize Addition of New Plaintiffs to Lawsuit
What: Dancers and workers gather in front of the club to
raise awareness about the lawsuit against Flamingo Nightclub.
Dancers will describe an elaborate system of fines and
punishments and abominable working conditions, including: a requirement to pay
money to their employer to work, total failure to pay any wages, and no right
to any meal or rest breaks during long shifts. They will also provide
information to the community about how to access legal services if they believe
there are labor violations at their workplaces.
Eleven new employeeswill announce that they have joined the
lawsuit against Edith D’Angelo, owner of Flamingo Night Club, and her husband,
Luis Ruiz, for over a million dollars in back wages and damages, including
damages for battery. Flamingo
(officially called "Edita’s Bar and Restaurant") is one of the most
popular men’s night clubs in Jackson Heights, New
York, where female employees dance with male
clientele for $2.00 per song.
Who: Former dancers,
bartenders and waiters at Flamingo
Road New York, community organization
When: August 2nd,
Roosevelt Avenue, 7 train to 82 street.
Photo Opportunity / Interviews with affected workers