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Friday, February 06, 1998

IN BRIEF


     Strippers' lawsuit has
     class-action status
     
     
A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed by strippers who claim they are forced to share tips with club owners and are not paid minimum wage.
      The decision handed down earlier this week by District Judge Stephen Huffaker means all erotic dancers, strippers, entertainers and hostesses who have worked in several Las Vegas clubs over the past two years may be considered plaintiffs in the lawsuit, attorney Ara Shirinian said.
      The lawsuit filed in March against Cheetah's Lounge and Crazy Horse Too was expanded in May to include Crazy Horse Saloon, What's Up Lounge, Olympic Garden, Little Darlings of Las Vegas and the Girls of Glitter Gulch.
      The clubs contend the women are independent contractors who come and go as they please. The lawsuit claims they are forced to work certain hours and follow other rules that make them, in truth, employees of the club.
      As employees they deserve minimum wage, the lawsuit argues. The practice of "tipping out," or forced tip sharing, is illegal under Nevada law, the lawsuit notes.
     
     Repairman killed by
     gunman identified
     
     
A vehicle repairman shot to death by a masked gunman has been identified as George Frederick Veit Jr., a 42-year-old father of four from Las Vegas.
      Veit was found at 8:08 a.m. Tuesday on the floor of Best Auto Specialist repair shop, 1266 N. Nellis Blvd., near Washington Avenue.
      Las Vegas police said a man wearing a black ski mask and olive-green trench coat barged into the business and fired several shots at Veit. The gunman escaped after jumping a wall north of the business.
      Homicide Sgt. Ken Hefner said several leads were being investigated, including the possibility that the shooter was a disgruntled customer.
      "That's one option we're exploring," Hefner said. "We're not closing off any options."
      The repair shop, Hefner added, has been the target of quite a few consumer complaints, though he did not know if the number of complaints was atypical for repair shops.
      People at the garage were working with police, he said, in trying to identify the killer.


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