'Raiderette' Sues: I Make $5 an Hour
'Lacy T.' say team pays $1,250 per season
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 23, 2014 3:44 PM CST
Oakland Raiders cheerleaders are seen on the field during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs in this file photo.   (AP Photo/John Cordes)

(Newser) – The Oakland Raiders pay their cheerleaders what amounts to less than $5 an hour, according to a new lawsuit from one of the team's "Raiderettes." The woman, identified only as "Lacy T," says the team pays $1,250 per season, paid in a lump sum at the end. Not only is that less than minimum wage on its face, it's often reduced by "fines" for things like arriving late or bringing the wrong pom-poms, the LA Times reports. The suit says cheerleaders also pay travel costs themselves.

"I love the Raiders and I love being a Raiderette, but someone has to stand up for all the women of the NFL," the plaintiff said in a statement. Her lawyer wants to make the suit into a class action that other Oakland cheerleaders, past and present, could join, according to CNN Money. "It's as if the Raiders' owners believe that the laws that protect all workers in California just don't apply to them," the lawyer says. (Click to read about another unusual lawsuit.)

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Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 1, 2014 2:08 PM CST
Its an honorary position and they get an honorarium, not pay. For every opening, they have around 60 applicants show up on audition day willing to work for a low honorarium. The actual pay is in personal satisfaction without material wealth. Then again my motto is personal satisfaction with material wealth and I made that my goal, something these girls evidently did not do. I absolutely tell you that if this lady is successful, all teams across the board will change the entire cheer program to volunteers. Then they can advertise, "Cheerleader openings, totally voluntary, no pay whatsoever. We will provide transportation, meals, billeting, and uniforms but no pay whatsoever." On audition day when they need to hire an entire new cheer squad I absolutely guarantee you with no reservation that 300 girls will show up to pounce around for those openings.
Josh SF
Jan 27, 2014 12:45 PM CST
This is SO wrong. The number of laws the NFL is breaking is INSANE. Stand up for fair pay! No way these women should be paid under the legal limit and have their pay withheld for the entire year! Outrageous! http://levyvinick.com/cases.php
Dave0
Jan 27, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Considering the mega bucks Pro Football rakes in. I think a significant pay rate for those dancers is warranted. Being as they are on TV and making the field and the team look pretty.