Mardi Gras Entertainment, Inc. Misclassification Lawsuit

Entertainers are suing Mardi Gras Entertainment, and its president, for charging a fee to work.


I. Who are the Defendants?

Mardi Gras Entertainment is a Massachusetts company that operates entertainment clubs in Massachusetts.

Anthony Santaniello is the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of Mardi Gras Entertainment and named in the suit.

II. What is this case about?

Wage Deductions. In this lawsuit we claim that Mardi Gras requires its workers to pay a $35-$100 ‘locker rental’ fee in order to work. We claim that this is a disguised ‘fee to work,’ and an illegal deduction to the entertainers’ wages.

III. What court is the case filed in?

State. This case is filed in Massachusetts Superior Court.

IV. Should I fear retaliation?

No. It is illegal to retaliate against an employee who joins a lawsuit like this. If you experience retaliation, we will help you.

V. How do I join?

Contact us. You can contact Dinsmore Stark to discuss your participation.

VI. Where can I go to get answers to my questions?

Call us. You are always welcome to call us at Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore. We will do their best to answer your questions. Our number is 860-522-8888.

VII. Who are the lawyers representing?

Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, LLC. The entertainers who brought this lawsuit are being represented by the Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, and Dinsmore Stark. Both are experienced firms that have successfully handled cases like this in the past.

VIII. How much can I expect to get?

It depends. We claim that entertainers should receive all wages due to them, treble damages, as well as costs and attorneys’ fees.

IX. Will I have to pay any legal fees or costs?

No. We have agreed to work on this case on a “contingency” basis which means that our fee, and reimbursement for our costs, will come, if at all, out of any settlement. The court will closely supervise our fee petition and ensure that it is fair to the class.

X. What is the status of the case?

The following represents the status of the case as of the date indicated:




September 29th, 2017




This is the lawsuit itself which includes the detailed allegations of wrongdoing.

View Complaint

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