Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Sue Over Pay and Discrimination
A lawsuit was filed by five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders earlier this week claiming they had worked hundreds of hours for free at games and mandatory public appearances. The suit also alleges that the women were subjected to groping and sexual comments at events and they had to take a “Jiggle Test” so their boss could make sure their bodies didn’t have any jiggle zones.
This is the third Supreme Court lawsuit this year against a National Football League team by cheerleaders. The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals also have pending wage battles.
The “Jills,” as they are called, are independent contractors and the case claims they are subjected to policies that violate New York’s $8 per hour minimum wage law and other workplace rules.
In addition, they have to pay $650 for their uniforms and are not reimbursed for travel or other expenses!
At some events, the Jills are required to wear bikinis and were “auctioned off like prizes” and subjected to “degrading sexual comments and inappropriate touching,” according to the lawsuit.
One cheerleader in the suit claims she was paid just $420 for the entire 2012-13 football season!
The cheerleaders and their attorney said they hope their legal action leads to positive changes within the organization to ensure future cheerleaders are paid and treated better.