Alabama Dancer Claims Strip Club Forced Her to Drink

A Birmingham strip club has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former dancer who claimed she was injured in a wreck because she was forced to drink alcohol on the job.

Opelika attorney Robert Poole, who represents The Furnace, said former dancer Patsy Hamaker doesn't have a valid case because her injuries stemmed from her own intoxication.

Poole cited a prior ruling that said the state's dram shop law doesn't allow the person who got drunk to file suit against the alcohol supplier. Hamaker filed suit last month, contending that part of her job required her to get customers to buy her drinks.

The suit claims her managers should have noticed she was too intoxicated to drive on Oct. 17 and should compensate her for failing to stop her from driving.