Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders Reach Settlement Over Pay

Cheerleaders for the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders reached a $1.25 million settlement with the team resolving a lawsuit alleging they were paid only $5 an hour and required to foot the bill for business expenses.

The settlement covers 90 cheerleaders who worked the 2010 through 2013 seasons and will provide each an average of $6,000 or $2,500, depending on the years worked, the team and the women’s lawyers said in a joint statement provided by Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP.

The New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals have also faced lawsuits by cheerleaders claiming they were paid less than minimum wage. Lawsuits against Major League Baseball by minor league players over low wages, and a judge’s decision ordering the National Collegiate Athletic Association to allow student athletes to seek a share of the profits from game broadcasts have put the spotlight on compensation for some participants in sports that generate billions of dollars.

The Oakland Raiderettes were paid $1,250 a season, which was withheld until after the season ended, lawyers for the women said. The Raiders team claimed it adjusted its pay practices so the cheerleaders were paid minimum wage and overtime in 2013, according to today’s statement.

The accord must be approved by a California state court judge in Oakland. David Reis, an attorney for the Raiders, had no immediate comment.

The case is Lacy T. v. Oakland Raiders, RG14710815, California Superior Court, Alameda County (Oakland).

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