Wisconsin residents may be following a story out of Ohio concerning the wages of football cheerleaders. One cheerleader is saying that the pay they receive violates federal employment law.
On Feb. 11, a cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals football team filed a lawsuit in Cincinnati seeking to represent all Bengals cheerleaders who have worked for the team since 2011. The filing alleges that the team has violated both state and federal law by paying the cheerleaders an average of $2.85 per hour in some cases. The terms of the cheerleader's employment during the 2013 season included a flat rate of $90 per game for the 10 games throughout the football season. However, she argues, there was a mandatory minimum of 300 hours of practice and charitable events that had to be attended.
Federal wage laws are in place to protect those who might otherwise have little power in commanding a living wage. If these laws are not complied with, there may be a claim for back pay and other compensation. An attorney who has experience in employee rights may be able to fully investigate the potential claim and bring the lawsuit in civil court.
Source: USA Today, "Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader sues team", Sheila McLaughlin, February 14, 2014