Updating a story we blogged about previously, the Oakland Raiders have settled a wage and overtime theft lawsuit with cheerleaders who said that they were underpaid and forced to do activities off the clock.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit was settled for $1.25 million. The suit caught national headlines in January when two former cheerleaders claimed that the team violated state labor laws, including minimum wage laws and refusing to reimburse them for business expenses.
The cheerleaders claimed that they were only paid $125 per game, in a check that was delivered at the end of the season. In July, in an attempt to alleviate negative public perception, the Raiders announced that they would pay cheerleaders nearly triple what they had made previously, including $9 per hour, plus overtime for the estimated 350 hours each member works per season. The Times reported that this would result in an annual compensation increase from about $1,250 to $3,200.
Aside from the pay concessions, the lawsuit settlement with the team will cover cheerleaders who worked for the team dating back to the 2010-11 season. According to the Times, the cheerleaders will receive $2,500 in back pay and penalties for the 2013-14 season and $6,000 in pay for each of the three previous seasons.
The cheerleaders who initiated the lawsuit, named as Lacy T. and Sarah G., will receive an additional $10,000 for acting as lead plaintiffs.
It should be noted that there are currently lawsuits pending against NFL teams over similar wage theft allegations, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets.
Can I Seek Back Pay Through a Class Action Lawsuit?
As this case shows, class action lawsuits are effective in making sure that employers pay employees properly and not below minimum wage guidelines. If you have a similar case, you should contact our attorneys today, as your employer may owe you back pay.
Wage litigation can be incredibly complex, which is why it is important to speak to our experienced employment attorneys. Remember, in California, laws require a minimum wage of $8 per hour. In most circumstances, you must also be paid for idle or travel time, as this case shows.
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Did You Know? You may be entitled to overtime pay if your job requires you to travel extensively or work from home.