Guess How Little Jets Cheerleaders Get Paid

$3.77 per hour, according to lawsuit
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
Guess How Little Jets Cheerleaders Get Paid
New York Jets cheerleaders perform during a game last year.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The latest lawsuit from an NFL cheerleader details a familiar-sounding pay scale: Members of the Jets' "Flight Crew" make what amounts to $3.77 an hour, says a former dancer with the squad. The woman identified as Krystal C. tells the New York Post that the cheerleaders make $150 per game and $100 for other special events, but they don't get paid for practices or transportation. "We worked so much and it was so time-consuming," she says. "We are professional dancers—and we should be compensated that way."

“The Jets, while paying millions of dollars to its male athletes for a single season of work, have historically and currently pay less than minimum wage to its cheerleading staff,” says the lawsuit, as quoted by the Daily News. Krystal C. says the team should pay the cheerleaders at least $8.25 an hour, the minimum wage in New Jersey. The suit follows similar ones by cheerleaders from the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and Oakland Raiders. (Read more New York Jets stories.)

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