Exotic Dancers Alliance
Exotic Dancers Alliance is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization (Project of the Institute for Community Health Outreach) funded by private and public foundations, fund raising events, and community donations.

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In the Spring of 1998, Exotic Dancers Alliance introduced specific policy recommendations regarding the operation of adult entertainment theaters in San Francisco to members of the Mayor's Office, Board of Supervisors, Commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights Commission, and local community organizations. The recommendations are intended to ensure that the adult entertainment venues provide a safe working environment for both employees and patrons and operate in accordance with the legal standards of all appropriate City and County, State and Federal agencies and guidelines:

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate an Adult Entertainment Theater, without first having obtained a permit and paid an application fee and annual renewal fees.

An application for an Adult Entertainment Theater permit shall be referred to the State Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Labor Commission, and City Departments of Building Inspection, Public Health, and Fire; Departments shall inspect the premises and make written findings concerning compliance with the codes that they administer within 14 days.

An Adult Entertainment Theater permit will be issued within 14 days following a hearing if all requirements are met. The City may refuse to issue any permit in any case where there is reasonable grounds to determine that the Adult Entertainment Theater premises will be or are being managed, conducted or maintained in such a manner as to endanger the health or safety of the employees or patrons thereof or to coerce any employee or patrons to engage in any illegal conduct.

No permit shall be transferable except with the written consent of the City, and documentation that the transferee meets all operating requirements.

Adult Entertainment Theaters must comply with all State and Federal Labor laws and Occupational Health and Safety regulations; Workplace Injury and Illness guidelines; Violence Prevention policies; and Disability access regulations.

Adult Entertainment Theaters may not build any new rooms, or expand existing ones, without obtaining appropriate permits. It must be possible for staff to view any activity occurring on the premesis, and to have direct access to all areas in the event of an emergency.

Certified and trained security staff must be present at all times during hours of operation wherever live performances occur.

Provision of a separate dressing room for Exotic Dancers and other Employees of a different gender must be available on the premises with individual lockers for each Employee.

All Exotic Dancers are employees, and should be afforded hourly wages in accordance with labor laws and minimum wage standards. Independent contractors will negotiate all terms of employment with theater management at arms length and will be compensated accordingly in compliance with State and Federal labor standards.

Employers shall not charge Exotic Dancers "stage fees," "late fees" or otherwise in order to work in the establishment.

No commission/quota/piece rate systems shall be initiated by management wherein Exotic Dancers must share any percentage of their earned wages or tips with management.

If the employer is illegally uninsured or has misclassified workers, the worker may file an unemployment claim with the Employment Development Department and the employer shall be responsible for all mandated retributions.

All Employees must be covered by workers compensation per mandated employer contributions. If the employer is illegally uninsured or has misclassified workers, the injured worker may claim against the Uninsured Employers' Fund.

Employers may not retaliate against any worker who has filed a complaint to a governing agency regarding working conditions or wage irregularities in accordance with State and Federal Labor Codes.

All Exotic Dancers, as employees or independent contractors, shall have the right to join or form trade unions or collective organizations and shall be legally recognized as such by management. Employers or Permittees will not retaliate against workers for organizing activities and will bargain in good faith during negotiation proceedings in accordance with City, State, and Federal labor laws. In addition, employers will not censor communication between workers (verbal and/or written) and/or will not retaliate against workers for any public activities during organizing efforts.

Employers shall provide individual or group health insurance benefits to all full-time employees.

Employers must make complaint forms available to employees on-site at all times in addition to a complete listing of local, State and Federal enforcement agencies. Anonymous or confidential complaints may be filed by employees to report any violations.

Any Person who violates any provisions may, after being provided notice and an opportunity to be heard, be subject to an administrative fine for each violation, or immediate closure of the establishment.



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