Updating a blog post we brought you over on our labor site, California AB 202, requiring that minimum wage and overtime compensation be provided to cheerleaders, has been signed into law.
According to the Associated Press, the legislation is the first of its kind in the nation to protect professional cheerleaders from unfair employment practices. The law also requires that cheerleaders be provided with sick leave if they work for professional sports teams based in California.
“Everyone who works hard to provide a great game-day experience deserves the same basic level of dignity and respect on the job, starting with simply being paid for their work,” said Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego.
The bill was introduced after a number of class action lawsuits were filed nationally against professional sports teams, accusing them of misclassifying cheerleaders as independent contractors and paying them less than minimum wage. In California, former Oakland Raiders cheerleaders filed a class action lawsuit against the team, accusing it of paying them only $125 per home game, or $1,250 per season, in a contract that included hours of unpaid practice and required community event appearances.
The former Raiders cheerleaders reached a $1.25 million settlement last year on behalf of those who were employed by the team from 2010 to 2013, prompting state legislators to move forward with the new law.
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This is great news for professional cheerleaders in California, who should be awarded with fair pay for their hard work.
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Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys