California bill to guarantee NFL cheerleaders’ rights

California bill to guarantee NFL cheerleaders’ rights

[Ed. – Heavy sigh.]

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced AB 202 on Thursday in “a move that will better protect cheer athletes in the state from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multi-billion dollar professional sports landscape.”

“NFL teams and their billionaire owners have used professional cheerleaders as part of the game day experience for decades,” said Gonzalez, herself a former cheerleader at Stanford University. “They have capitalized on their talents without providing even the most basic workplace protections like a minimum wage.” …

The proposed legislation comes after Raiderette Lacy T., a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders football team, filed a lawsuit in December alleging the organization does not pay its cheerleaders minimum wage. Lacy T. told NBC News that Raiders cheerleaders are paid $125 per game, or $1,250 for a full season. That comes out to less than $5 an hour when preparation time is factored in. Cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals football teams have filed similar lawsuits.

In September, the Raiders agreed to pay a $1.25 million settlement to 90 cheerleaders who worked for the organization between 2010 and 2013, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. However, some cheerleaders opted out of the settlement, saying it did not do enough to address the underlying problems.

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