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Oregon implements hotline on workplace protections for exotic dancers

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The Bureau of Labor and Industries has created a hotline designed to provide information on workplace protections for exotic dancers and other live entertainment workers.

As of Jan. 1, live entertainment venues with 600 or fewer seats are required to prominently display a poster that says, "What are my rights?" and includes the hotline number.

The poster includes information on protections available to employees and independent contractors with regard to wages, sick leave, insurance and civil rights, along with contact information on topics ranging from food safety to suspected human trafficking.

Callers to the main hotline, 1-844-304-2654, may request confidentiality.

"Our hope is that the hotline will help workers understand their rights and the resources available to them," said Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. "Although each case is different, the goal is to provide live entertainment workers access to accurate, unbiased information so that they can assess the workplace protections available to them."

The hotline was created after a coalition of exotic dancers, the American Federation of Musicians and the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers successfully advocated for it as part of House Bill 3059 during the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session.

Oregon is the first state to develop such a resource to field inquiries and complaints related to employment in this industry.

To view the poster, go to Oregon.gov/boli.                                                                   

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