Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Suing Over Low Pay and Treatment
By the time the NFL season starts, it seems like every team will be sued by its cheer leading squad.
We have already had two similar lawsuits this year from two other NFL teams. The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals have been sued by their cheer leading squads. This time we are going all the way up to Buffalo and lets be honest no good news has come out of Buffalo in years.
This lawsuit is very similar to the other ones where the cheerleaders are saying they worked hundreds of hours for free. The case against the Bills says its cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, are wrongly classified as independent contractors and are subjected to policies that violate the state's $8 per hour minimum wage law and other workplace rules. Two members of the Jills squad held a news conference Tuesday with their attorney, Frank Dolce.
"We are Bills fans," Dolce said. "We definitely want our organization and other organizations in the NFL to respect the rights of these cheerleaders." The Bills' cheerleaders aren't paid for games or practices and have to make 20-35 appearances, most of which are unpaid, at community and charity events each season, the lawsuit said. On top of that, they have to pay $650 for their uniforms and are not reimbursed for travel or other expenses, the cheerleaders said.
I feel like every NFL team can afford to hook its cheerleaders up with some uniforms. I know most NFL cheerleaders only do it for the benefits and appearance fees. If the Bills cheerleaders are going to not pay its cheerleaders for appearing at different places that is a messed up. I know when the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders come to Albertson's to sign autographs they are getting paid. We will see what happens with all of these lawsuits next season.