Stripper-Turned-Hedge-Fund-Manager In Legal Battle With Former Club

Oct 6 2011 | 12:09pm ET

Today, Niki Marx considers herself a hedge fund manager. But her stint in a very different occupation three years ago continues to haunt the 24-year-old.

Marx worked as a stripper in a Manhattan club for two months in 2008—and claims she was fired after refusing to provide sexual favors to a customer. She filed a complaint against the HQ Gentlemen's Club that year, but in new papers filed this week, complains that the strip club continues to harass her.

Marx objected to the club's inclusion of her Social Security number and cellular phone number in their public rebuttal of her complaint.

"I'm trying to be as successful as I can," she told the New York Post. "I don't want to be harassed anymore."

According to Marx's complaint, both a security guard and a floor manager exposed themselves to her during her stint at HQ Gentlemen's. Worse still, in October of 2008, she said she slapped a customer who was heckling her and grabbing her breasts.

Marx claims that the club's general manager warned her, "If you want to keep your job, you better get down on your knees [for the patron]."

"I had enough and I left," Marx said. She was fired that month.

"She saw exotic dancing as a way to advance her financial career, and she was successful in obtaining her goals," her lawyer, David Rosenberg, told the Post. "Exotic dancing is not an open invitation to unwanted sexual advances."

Marx, according to her Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, is now running Marx NY Capital, which she founded this year. The fund's specialties are domestic equities, options and global commodities, according to the LinkedIn profile.

On Facebook, she claims that her fund has returned 160% this year. She also notes that her "first investor looked like Warren Buffett" and that she is studying for the Series 3 exam. Possibly less enticing to would-be clients was her status update on Monday: "Today the markets are going heavy against me. very stressfull. Need a joint to smoke I think."

Marx's legal action against Gentlemen's HQ isn't her only run-in with a former strip club employer. Last May, she and another stripper filed a would-be class-action lawsuit against the Sapphire New York strip clubs, where Marx worked from 2008 to 2009. According to the complaint, which was dismissed in August of last year, Marx and other strippers at the club were illegally underpaid and had wages improperly withheld.

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