Cheerleader sues Raiders for withholding pay, not paying minimum wage

Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cheerleader Victoria Braga (center) performs during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders were hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday in California court. One of the team’s cheerleaders, Lacy T., claims that the team withheld pay for the cheerleaders until the end of the season and that the women were not receiving the California minimum wage, which is $8 per hour.

The lawsuit states that “cheerleaders are to be paid only $1250 for working an entire season, which amounts to less than $5.00 per hour for the time that they spend rehearsing, performing and appearing at events where they are not paid.”

To show just how rough the life of an NFL cheerleader can be, Lacy T. and her legal team also point out that the ladies are being fined for “forgetting to bring the correct 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.”

What a shame.

You can read the entire lawsuit below:

Raiders Cheerleader Lawsuit

Topics: Oakland Raiders

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  • Pridenpoise

    I think cheerleaders should definitely be paid more than the pittance that they are given, with that being said it’s not like this should have came as a surprise to her, she took the job, nobody held a gun to her head. Maybe the cheerleaders need to unionize.

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