State seeks hold on booze license for Anchorage strip club, cites pay violations
State labor officials are seeking to freeze the renewal of a liquor license of an Anchorage strip club, Fantasies on 5th Avenue, while investigating accusations of minimum wage violations.
In a Jan. 19 letter to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, an investigator with the state Department of Labor’s wage and hour administration, which investigates minimum wage and overtime violations, asked for a hold to be placed on a license renewal application for the strip club while conducting an investigation.
Grey Mitchell, director of the state’s Labor Standards and Safety Division, said Tuesday the investigation is in its early stages. He said the focus is on “potential minimum wage violations” for employees at Fantasies on 5th, which is located at 1191 E. 5th Avenue.
Three complaints from former employees had prompted the investigation, said Joe Dunham, the statewide supervising investigator with the wage and hours administration. Dunham said it’s routine practice to request a hold on a liquor license renewal until the claims that prompted an investigation are resolved.