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Even their Cheerleaders don't like the Radiers!

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Concudan
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    Cheerleaders file suit against Raiders
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/1...aiders-wage-theft-unfair-employment-practices

    ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders are being sued by current and former cheerleaders claiming wage theft and other unfair employment practices.

    The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court alleges that the organization withholds all pay from the Raiderettes until the end of the season, does not pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses.

    "It's as if the Raiders' owners believe that the laws that protect all workers in California just don't apply to them," attorney Sharon Vinick said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.



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    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesCurrent and former Raiderettes are suing the team, claiming wage theft and other unfair employment practices.


    According to the filing, Raiders cheerleaders are paid $1,250 per season, which amounts to less than $5 per hour for the time they spend rehearsing, performing and appearing at events for which they are not compensated.

    Lacy T., identified only by her first name, in accordance with Raiderettes policy for security reasons, was quoted by the Mercury news.

    "The club controls our hairstyle and makeup, and we have to foot the bill," she said. "We also have to pay the costs for traveling to all kinds of events, including photo shoots ... I love the Raiders and I love being a Raiderette, but someone has to stand up for all of the women of the NFL who work so hard for the fans and the teams."

    Vinick said the Raiders owe thousands of dollars in unpaid wages to women who worked as Raiderettes in previous seasons, while owing thousands of dollars in penalties to the women who worked this season.

    "I have never seen an employment contract with so many illegal provisions," Vinick told the paper.

    The team had no comment on the lawsuit.


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    Well, at least you could never accuse NFL owners of being cheap, or exploitive.
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    Raiderettes getting shafted? Where do I sign up?
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    I've been told by a guy I met on the trolley going to a Charger game whose niece was a former cheerleader that it's not that great of a gig. The pay is crappy, they don't get a lot of hours (hence the really low earnings), and there are no benefits whatsoever aside from getting the title on your resume.
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    It would be interesting to see where this compensation ranks among the other 31 clubs.

    Let's be honest: this isn't a "job" in the normal sense…the crappy wages are known up front and yet
    you have far, far more beautiful women literally compete for the role every year than there are available slots…
    hoping to be the next Paula Abdul…or more modest career elevation opportunities. Or just bragging rights.

    I'm not saying I wouldn't like the ladies better compensated, and I think that would be fair,
    given what a large part of game day they are, and their considerable work as ambassadors off the field…
    and--obviously--if the club is actually paying less than promised, that's entirely unacceptable.
    Wage theft is one thing…lousy wages, however, are, I expect, the norm for cheerleading.
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    Wow.......the lengths some people will go to just to skirt the minimum wage laws. I'm not a friend of Big Labor, but that completely sucks and those ladies probably ought to unionize.
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    I always thought that an NFL Cheerleaders was more of a volunteer type of gig. done for the exposure more than anything else.
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    Based on past conversations with Charger Girls, I believe they get like $75 a game and a pair of tickets. I know they put in a lot of hours rehearsing, and several hours on game day. none of them are doing it for the money, I'm guessing they enjoy dancing and being a part of the team.
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    I believe that even voluntary exploitation deserves at least minimum wage...yes I'm a progressive type of guy!
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    Chargers Cheerleaders >> Raiders cheerleaders(except for the main one)

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