Skip to comments.Raiders cheerleader sues, says pay is less than $5 an hour
Posted on 01/24/2014 4:30:02 AM PST by foreverfree
Lacy T. accused the Raiders in a lawsuit Wednesday of failing to pay the Raiderettes minimum wages for the work they do, both on the sidelines and in the community for charity. The team also sticks them with travel costs and levies "fines" that eat into their meager salary, she said.
She filed her lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court as a proposed class action on behalf of 40 current Raiderettes and other members of the squad over the past four years. And she said she hopes other NFL cheerleaders will join the fray.
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Yet they went through all kinds of competition to get the job.
It is a complete shame they are forced into taking these jobs...oh, wait. Never mind.
A rich guy was supposed to notice her and marry her by now.
That's the way it always works in the music videos...so the Raiders must be ripping her off. :)
Most of these individuals consider this a stepping stone into some other job or personal relationship. Basically they are interns.
I think they have a point. Everyone else is getting rich, might as well let the cheerleaders have some money too. If the owners want to say the cheerleader don’t matter, then maybe they should limit the job to one year up front. That way more cheerleaders can get exposure and they won’t be making a career of it.
A few years ago a teacher tried to tell me that there was no reason a good teacher shouldn’t make as much as a pro baseball player.
I told her that it was pretty unlikely but if she really wanted to get paid what she was worth she should teach in a private school or contract as a tutor to the rich and famous. Then I really yanked her chain by suggesting that maybe there was a reason she stayed in a public school.
A few years ago a teacher tried to tell me that there was no reason a good teacher shouldnt make as much as a pro baseball player.”
if she can attract hundreds of thousands of people into a park for 4 hours at $50 a head week after week then sure, why not pay her the same as a pro ball player!
I suspect there is a union organizer somewhere in the background.
This thread is useless without pictures...
So I'm thinking if you don't like the terms - leave! Hey, it is not like this is a long-term career option anyway. Every single one of them knows some season, maybe next season, they'll fail to make the cut. Nor is there much room for advancement, NFL cheerleader is probably about the pinnacle of cheerleading.
When the situation is that cut and dried and understood by all parties going into an employment arrangement I fail to see how the employee has a legal leg to stand on regarding salary.
Substitute "politician" for cheerleader and "term" for year and you've really got something there!
The NFL is owned and run by democrat appeasers. Of course they are going to treat women like cheap throw away sex objects.
Just how much should we pay someone who teaches 2+2 = 5?
While true, it is irrelevant.
There is a law stipulating a minimum wage. The law was broken by the employer
You think I'm gonna do charity for free??
2+2 does = 5 for large values of 2
There are a lot of things that require a huge amount of time and effort on the promise of eventual return. In the case of a cheerleader the only eventual return is a slim chance at something bigger. (Offhand I can only think of Paula Abdul as an example)
Medical students with hopes of becoming doctors are a good example of people who put in years of very high pressure time on the hope of eventual return and its a good thing. Its how they weed out those who will likely be bad doctors.
LOL! My thoughts exactly!
Does that include “tips”?
No, basically they're exhibitionists who enjoy parading around in faux support of some football team. I know some Freepers must get their jollies watching them, but what's the purpose, folks? Other sports get along just fine without this Harry High School crap.
I will pay $6.
Let’s face it, their only purpose is to serve as jiggly decorations. While there are some demands on their appearance, it isn’t like they have to have some extraordinary skills that aren’t available in a thousand other applicants. The fact that they’re paid at all is a bonus.
If this suit succeeds, fire the whole bunch and select a squad of (good-looking) volunteers who will shake their groove thangs for the sheer “team spirit.”
Apprenticeships are bad, but internships are good, especially internships for politicians. And, oh yeah, it's evil to pay people less than the minimum wage.
Everyone should make $5.00 an hour.
Does 3+3=5 for small values of 3?
I’m just trying to understand how this works. I totally do NOT understand the new math, people keep talking about things like “300% reductions”, “5000 times smaller” etc. and I have no idea what they are trying to say. Is it Greek math or Chinese math? In the mid-twentieth century on the planet Earth from whence I came those terms had no meaning.
Minor league players only earn $1,100 a month to start.
Whether the law was actually broken depends on how one counts the hours. That is the soul of this dispute - do all of the hours count as on-clock time or not?
I suppose there may be a bit of salary versus hourly wages in the mix, as well.
3+3=5 only for VERY small values of 3.
(The 2+2 version is a computer science joke from eons back)
“Minor league players only earn $1,100 a month to start.”
That sounds way too low. Are you sure, it’s that low?
Less than minimum wage? Obama’s NLRB is gonna blast ‘em for that.
The comments in this thread are overwhelmingly unsympathetic and judgmental. I suppose we could debate the merits of the minimum wage laws. Do you think they should only apply to fully-clothed women? What’s the difference between putting this kind of moral gloss on laws versus sharia?
Ballplayers in the low minors do earn astonishingly piddly sums.
The team down the road for me is always scrambling for host families to let a player crash with them rent-free during the season.
That’s why they have so many Dominicans. It’s better money than they can earn back home. American kids can make more at Home Depot.
Personally I think all these NFL cheerleaders are underpaid.
I was stunned to learn how little the Dallas Cowgirls made when the team is selling their image on posters and merchandise all over the planet.
opps! I was wrong, they only get $850 a month.
I would compare an elementary inner city public school teacher to a minor league baseball player.
On the other hand, a world class college professor (comparable to a pro athelete) can earn millions. Here is a list of some of the highest paid college professors.
Obviously I was referring to common core standards.
Just win baby........Al
This will happen.....the day that there's as many teachers as there are people in the world who can consistently hit a Major League curve.
All the money NFL teams and players make and they want to stiff the cheerleaders —
Pay the girls.
I hear that all the time. People don't seem to "get" that teachers' salaries and baseball players' salaries come from completely different sources. It's just a self-righteous, feel-good statement that people like to say.
Plus, no one is forced to pay a baseball player’s salary by way of taxation.
Well, you are correct. Keep in mind though that relatively....... some of us are old, very old.
We try hard, but can’t always keep up.
Perhaps if the girls wiggled their butts and shook their pom poms closer to the stands, the spectators could throw $ at them.
I’m not very, very old. Just very old! LOL
But I can still keep up, if the downhill grade is sufficient!
Google search on ‘cheerleaders’
My my my. But they do bring some impressive skills to the table, don't they?