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Exotic Dancer Service Fined for Comp Violation


A Glenville, N.Y., company that provides strippers and exotic dancers for adult parties was fined by the State Workers' Compensation Board for failing to provide workers' compensation coverage for its employees, The Daily Gazette, of Schenectady, N.Y., reported Tuesday.


The newspaper said SWCB issued $4,500 in fines against Tops in Bottoms Entertainment and alleged the company failed to provide coverage between August 2011 and early 2012.


The newspaper quoted a state spokesperson as saying state law requires coverage for any worker who provided "a function vital to the success of the business."


The board originally obtained a judgment for $128,000, after the company failed to respond to board notices contending coverage had lapsed for a much longer period. Once the company did respond, it provided documentation that limited the coverage lapse to a period beginning in August 2011 and ending in February 2012.


A representative of Tops in Bottoms did not return calls for comment. On its website, the company notes it has been in business for more than 20 years.


Records also indicate the company faced allegations of failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage from late 2009 to early 2010. The resolution of those allegations could not be determined, the newspaper said.


The most recent coverage lapse was discovered when SWCB matched its records against those compiled by the New York State Department of Labor. Although state law exempts independent contractors from coverage requirements, workers at Tops in Bottoms are considered employees.


The newspaper said SWCB issued nearly 27,000 individual fines to employers that failed to provide required coverage and collected more than $19 million in fines last year.


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Source: The Daily Gazette

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