NFL Cheerleaders Have It Bad—Seriously
Catherine Rampell explains why
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – NFL cheerleaders have been raising quite a ruckus lately about their awful working conditions—and though maybe some of you might find "it's hard to have too much sympathy" for these "pretty, perfectly proportioned, and popular" women, we really should, writes Catherine Rampell in the Washington Post. Take a look at the allegations laid out in the various lawsuits, and you'll see that NFL cheerleaders "appear to be frequent victims of both wage theft and other, far weirder indignities," including regulations on what kind of tampons to use and how to eat (don't use your fingers).

"Some of the rules read like they come from a 1950s etiquette guide; others, from Leviticus," Rampell writes. "In any case, the organization seems to have exerted a lot of control over cheerleaders’ lives, on and off the field, while still somehow classifying them as 'independent contractors'"—despite the fact that, by law, an independent contractor must be in control of her own work and schedule. "One of the points of labor law is to offer basic protections to workers for whom the balance of power vastly favors employers," Rampell concludes. "Perhaps especially so when those bosses come from a taxpayer-subsidized, multibillion-dollar industry like the NFL." Click for her full column.

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Apr 30, 2014 6:28 AM CDT
wow!! all they do is look(I'm so pretty) & do some dancing!! that takes a lot of TALENT!! NOT!! quit ya bitching or go to LV & be a SHOWGIRL!! maybe make a lot more $$$$$!!! period!!
Apr 30, 2014 4:29 AM CDT
This is about taxes. The NFL is tax exempt. "It is critical that the EO, as the employer, correctly determine whether individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Generally, the EO must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. The EO does not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors."
Apr 30, 2014 3:50 AM CDT
If they show them on television, they should at least get a cut of the TV ad revenue