The NFL offseason is always full of stories we’d rather not see and probably wouldn’t pay much attention to in the regular season. But alas, with no football games to be played, stories like this are going to be occupying the headlines. As the 2013 NFL season drew to a close, former Oakland Raiders cheerleaders filed suit against their former team claiming labor violations.
The “Raiderettes”, as they’re called, receive $1,250 for the season, but claimed that translates to less than $5 an hour (minimum wage is $8) when the twice-weekly rehearsals, multiple charity appearances and calendar photo shoot are included.
That’s pretty sad on the Raiders part, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look at like they’re the only team to treat their cheerleaders poorly.
Alexa Brenneman, a cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, filed a complaint this week that she only receives $90 per home game, which looks as though to be the normal rate for Bengals cheerleaders.
She claims the Bengals violated minimum wage laws and that the team’s cheerleaders are not being paid on time. Brenneman hopes to recoup the money that should have been earned in her class-action suit.
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