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Stars faces $8 million complaint

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian seeks damages for teen girls


TIMES FILE PHOTO - Stars Cabaret faces formal charges of unlawful sexual harassment after under-aged girls allegedly worked at the strip club. The state investigation cited a 13-year-old compelled into prostitution and a 15-year-old nude dancer.
As expected, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed formal civil rights charges against Beaverton nude-dancing club Stars Cabaret for unlawful sexual harassment of minors, the Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Wednesday.

The agency’s Administrative Prosecution Unit will seek $8 million or more at a future hearing for emotional distress damages to two young teenaged girls. The unit also will seek civil penalties for violations of child labor laws.

BOLI investigators previously found that Stars unlawfully discriminated against two girls they determined should be considered employees. The girls were 13 and 15 years old at the time of the allegations.

Stars officials may request a contested case hearing before an administrative law judge.

The investigation determined that during August and September of 2014, after police already had arrested a Stars manager on charges involving prostituting the 13-year-old to clients, the club employed the 15-year-old girl as an adult entertainer. (The former manager and another man are serving prison sentences related to the prostitution case.)

“Today’s charges reflect the severity of conditions faced by these vulnerable minors,” Avakian said in a news release.