​Raiders Cheerleaders Paid Less Than Minimum Wage​​

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January 25, 2021

The cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders NFL organization are paid less than minimum wage, according to a lawsuit on Jan. 24. The suit also alleges that the team disregards their travel costs and will commonly set other expenses ties to the girls.

In addition, the Raiders has set fines for the cheerleaders for not bringing the proper pompoms to practice.

“I love being a Raiderette,” Lacy T., a stay-at-home mom and cheerleader said in a statement Wednesday. “But someone has to stand up for all of the women of the NFL who work so hard for the fans and the teams.”

Perhaps adding insult to injury, the cheerleader’s lawyer says NFL teams’ male mascots are treated as paid employees with benefits.

Lacy T., 27, whose full name was not released due to security concerns, filed the suit in Alameda County Superior Court as a proposed class-action suit, the report said. She hopes cheerleaders around the league join the fight.

“Typically, Raiderettes work approximately nine hours on game-day,” the equivalent of about $14 an hour, the suit claims.

The report said the Raiderettes contract is $1,250 per season, or about $125 each time the team plays at home. But Lacy T. says the figure does not include the amount of practice time, 10 charity events and posing for the team’s swimsuit photo shoot, the suit alleges. The suit also claims that Raiderettes are fined $10 or more for failing to bring the right pompoms or a yoga mat to practice.

“It’s as if the Raiders’ owners believe that the laws that protect all workers in California just don’t apply to them,” attorney Sharon Vinick told the San Jose Mercury News.

But the the cheerleaders must also “attend other events, engagements or functions on behalf of the Raiders,” including at least two, sometimes three practices each week during the season.

It amounts to about 300 events each year, the suit alleges.