As We See It

In Brief: Stripper backpay, high aces and higher heels

Pay up!

It’s a ruling that could change the face of Las Vegas forever: The state Supreme Court has decided that dancers at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club are employees—not independent contractors. That means Sapphire could be on the hook for nearly $40 million in back wages for its roughly 6,600 “employees,” but it’s very good news for the dancers, who now enjoy protections as employees that they didn’t as independent contractors.

Aces high

Talk about a career change! Poker pro Phil Ivey was one of the 26 applicants approved for a permit to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas. It’s hard to imagine Ivey failing at this enterprise, as he’s established a quality brand by winning 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, more or less dominating the world of poker through the past several years. And we can’t be the only ones wondering if he’ll use various poker hands to grade his product. Dibs on the Royal Flush Kush!

Standing tall

Just when you think the Internet couldn’t get more ridiculous, we get a map of the nation based on average heel heights. And here’s some news that will shock exactly no one: Nevada’s at the top of the list for the continental U.S.—2.72 inches for our nightclubbing nirvana, followed by 2.46 inches for nonstop party state Florida, according to research by Gilt. (Though not a state, Puerto Rico is No. 1 at a vertigo-inducing 2.87 inches.) Still, we’ve got nothing on Europe, where apparently average heel heights measure 3.3 inches in the U.K., 3.2 inches in Spain and 3 inches in Denmark.

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