Stormy Daniels calls for strippers to be treated as contractors in California

Stormy Daniels calls for strippers to be treated as contractors in California
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Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who claims to have had an affair with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE, has penned an op-ed advocating for strippers in California to be treated as freelancers, not employees.

In the piece, published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, calls for legislation in California to protect workers whose independent contractor status she says is now threatened by a court ruling.

“Strippers seeking strong workplace protections and good benefits are sincere and legitimate, but forcing all dancers to become employees is not the answer,” she writes.


She cites a 2018 California Supreme Court decision that ruled workers must perform “work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business” in order to be classified as an independent contractor.

Daniels, who has worked as both an adult-film star and an exotic dancer, writes that regular employment status is “incompatible with the business model of exotic dancing.”

“We need to be able to work when we want, where we want, making reliable money paid at the end of each shift,” she writes.

Daniels argues that allowing strippers to work as independent contractors would allow them more control over their privacy and career paths, given the “sensitive” nature of the profession.

“As independent contractors, we can perform when, where, how and for whom we want,” she writes. “If we are classified as employees, club managers would be empowered to dictate those conditions.”

“Employers might require us to give free nude performances for customers we don’t feel comfortable with. These are highly personal decisions and the power to make them should be exclusively in the hands of dancers.”

Her op-ed comes as California lawmakers prepare to codify the court’s decision into legislation and create policies addressing pay, overtime and benefits for independent contractors.