Unfair dismissal bid Stringfellows lap dancer a 'tax exile'

A lap dancer who is attempting to bring an unfair dismissal case against Stringfellows has been living as a "tax exile" within her own country, it was claimed today.







Nadine Quashie, 27, has never paid a "penny" in tax in her life, and is a "stranger" to the tax man, it was alleged at the central London employment tribunal.



The tribunal has heard that Ms Quashie, of Greenford, west London, took more than £1,000 home on busy nights working topless and in a G-string at the club over an 18-month period.



Her garter was stuffed with pre-paid vouchers from clients, called "heavenly vouchers", the tribunal was told, and on one night she made as much as £3,800.



The single mother is seeking permission to take Stringfellows to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal after she was sacked by the club in December 2008.



Caspar Glyn, for Stringfellows, acknowledged that her job was an "unusual" way to earn money.



"To take off your clothes and be paid to do that, it is a curious, unusual situation, and it is a curious situation which is perhaps in itself unsuited to an employment relationship," he told the tribunal.



He added that Ms Quashie should not qualify to have her case heard by an employment tribunal as she had misrepresented her tax affairs.



He said the "able and intelligent" woman who had completed a year of a university accountancy and finance course, was a "liar" who had exaggerated and minimised her earnings to suit her own purposes.



She was "effectively living as a tax exile within our borders", he said.



"She is a stranger to the tax man, she has never paid a penny of tax in her life," he said.



"She has not simply underpaid her tax, she never ever paid any tax," he added.



Mr Glyn's remarks were made in the closing submissions of a three-day hearing into whether the dancer could claim unfair dismissal against Stringfellows.



She has told the tribunal that conditions at the club effectively meant dancers were employees and she should be entitled to a full tribunal hearing.



The dancer claimed she had not discovered her self-employed status until she was informed by another dancer five to six months after starting work for Stringfellows.



She told the tribunal that she had believed that the commission taken from her take home pay was for tax purposes.



Catherine Rayner, for Ms Quashie, said she "recognised" that there was a problem with her tax return but denied wrongdoing by her client.



"There is no evidence at all, other than supposition and allegation, that the claimant has sought to deliberately deceive anyone," she told the tribunal.



"On the contrary, I would say on the evidence that you have heard, she has been candid in her evidence because she is honest.



"She has not sought to present herself as suggested by the respondent as an ingenue but she is right, she was a lap dancer, she is not an accountant, she relied on the expertise of an accountant and errors have occurred."



The judgment in the case has been reserved.

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Life and Style
Child's play: letting young people roam outdoors directly contradicts the current climate
lifeHow much independence should children have?
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
booksFind out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
<p><strong>2008</strong></p>
<p>Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr cements his comeback from drug problems by bagging the lead role in Iron Man. Two further films follow</p>
filmRobert Downey Jr named Hollywood's highest paid actor for second year running
Life and Style
Dale Bolinger arranged to meet the girl via a fetish website
life
Property
Sign here, please: Magna Carta Island
propertyYours for a cool £4m
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Sales and Maketing Manager, St Albans, Hertfordshire

£55 - £70K OTE £130k Plus Car: Charter Selection: Major multi-million pound la...

Drupal Developer

£40000 - £52000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Drupal developer v...

Operations and Maintenance Engineer - Solar

£30000 - £40000 Per Annum plus benefits/bonus package: The Green Recruitment C...

Sales and Maketing Director (Designate) , Watford, Hertfordshire

£60- £70K OTE £120k Plus Car: Charter Selection: Major multi-million pound lan...

Day In a Page

Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor