Déjà Vu (company)
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The company is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan; it was founded and is controlled by Harry Mohney, who partners with Roger Forbes and opened his first Déjà Vu strip club in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle in 1985. At the time, his main business was the large-scale distribution of pornography.
The strip clubs are called "Déjà Vu Showgirls" "Little Darlings" or "Dream Girls" or (by agreement with Mohney's long-time friend Larry Flynt, who is not involved in the management of the clubs) "Larry Flynt's Hustler Club" and "Hustler Barely Legal". Déjà Vu also owns all of the adult theatres and clubs in San Francisco, most being on Broadway; these, however, carry different names. In 2012 Déjà Vu opened a club in collaboration with Vince Neil (of the rock band Motley Crue) in Las Vegas, Nevada, appropriately named "Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls".
The clubs typically aim for a clean and upscale atmosphere and offer fully nude or topless stage dancing as well as lap dances. Many do not serve alcohol, to avoid stringent liquor license requirements. Several clubs have associated "Déjà Vu Love Boutique" stores selling sex toys, lingerie, adult DVD's, Déjà Vu merchandise, cigars, etc. There are also several stand-lone boutique locations as well. The chain used to organize nation-wide competitions for the "Déjà Vu Showgirl of the Year", "Showgirl Spectacular", and "Pole Princess", but these competitions were ended in 2010.
Déjà Vu published the adult magazine "Showgirls" from 1990 - 2002. Issue 1 was published October of 1990 and the magazine ran monthly until November of 2001. In 2002 the magazine published 4 quarterly editions until it ceased publication in fall of that year. Showgirls magazine featured nude layouts of dancers from Déjà Vu Showgirls clubs, as well as adult film stars; strip club reviews; coverage of events ranging from new club openings to adult film conventions, to special events like Mardi Gras, Daytona Beach & Myrtle Beach Bike weeks and more; erotic stories; adult video reviews and adult industry legal news. Many of adult films top performers have graced the pages and covers, including Jenna Jameson, Tera Patrick, and Serenity, who also served as the magazines "guest publisher" from November 1997 - Fall 2002.
Dancers in the clubs have the legal status of independent contractors. Their income results from tips and private dance fees; about one third of this money is handed over to the house and other employees. In a landmark case in Minneapolis in 1994, dancers at the Déjà Vu club there won the right to be recognized as employees, arguing that they did not have full control over their working conditions. This resulted in payment of back wages and led to similar cases in several other states, often ending in confidential settlements out of court.
Repeated attempts to unionize the Déjà Vu-owned clubs in San Francisco (modeled on the earlier unionization of the Lusty Lady peep show there) have been unsuccessful. In 2005 the San Francisco workers sued the company; the suit was settled with the company agreeing to pay hourly wages of $22.50.
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