Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Report: Raiders being sued by cheerleaders for unfair wages

On Wednesday, a suit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of former and current Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, also known as "Raiderettes."

The lawsuit claims that the NFL franchise participated in wage theft and unfair employment practices. Specifically, the suit alleges that the Raiders withhold all of the Raiderettes' wages until after the season is finished, leaving many of the cheerleaders in a precarious financial situation, obviously.

More on the story from the Mercury News:

According to attorney Sharon Vinick, the Raiders cheerleaders are contracted for an annual salary of $1,250, which amounts to an hourly wage of less than $5 per hour. The lawsuit also claims that the Raiderettes incur other costs, including fines levied for infractions such as bringing the wrong pom-poms to practice, wearing the wrong workout clothing to rehearsals, failing to bring a yoga mat to practice, or not turning in written biographies on time.

"The club controls our hairstyle and makeup, and we have to foot the bill," said the lead plaintiff, Lacy T., identified only by her first name, in accordance with Raiderettes policy, for security reasons. "We also have to pay the costs for traveling to all kinds of events, including photo shoots... I love the Raiders and I love being a Raiderette, but someone has to stand up for all of the women of the NFL who work so hard for the fans and the teams."

Vinick claims the Raiders owe tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages to women who have worked for the Raiders in seasons past.

The team declined to comment.

Via Mercury News

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