Court of Appeal decide lap dancer is self employed

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Slee Blackwell’s employment solicitor, Roger Cheves, reports on the Court of Appeal’s latest decision on self employed status Last year an employment appeal tribunal (EAT) overturned the decision of an employment tribunal and held that Lap Dancer, Nadine Quashie, was employed by Stringfellows nightclub and as a result could claim unfair dismissal.

That decision has now been reversed once again with the Court of Appeal finding that the dancer was in fact self employed. As a result the club is under no contractual obligation to pay her wages. The Court of Appeal found that the dancer negotiated her own fees with clients, took the risk that on any particular night she might be left out of pocket and only ever received from Stringfellows money paid by clients, less deductions.

Ms Quashie’s status as self employed was “strongly reinforced” by the fact her contract terms involved her accepting this was her status and that she paid her own tax and did not receive sick or holiday pay. That she was self employed was the “inevitable conclusion”, the court declared.

For up to the minute employment law advice, call Employment solicitor Roger Cheves on 0808 139 1606 or email him at [email protected]