How Does AB 202 Protect Cheerleaders?

In an update to a recent blog, the state Assembly’s Committee on Labor and Employment has approved Assembly Bill 202, which requires sports teams to pay legal wages to cheerleaders. Photo of Employee Handbook and Forms

According to the San Diego Reader, AB 202, sponsored by current assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, requires that overtime compensation be provided to cheerleaders and that they have fair standards for work conditions.

The bill now awaits the approval of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. If it is approved, it will continue to move forward within the Legislature. Cheerleaders have recently filed several high-profile class action lawsuits filed against sports teams, accusing them of wage and overtime theft.

In fact, the Oakland Raiders recently settled a $1.25 million lawsuit brought forward by cheerleaders who said that they were forced to do activities off the clock. In that lawsuit, the Raiders’ cheerleaders claimed that they only made $125 per game, in a check that was delivered at the end of the season, even though they were forced to participate in many community events off the clock. During previous seasons, the team considered the cheerleaders contracted employees.

I Have Experienced Wage Theft and Employee Misclassification. Should I Contact an Attorney?

We are happy that AB 202 continues to move forward. It is sad that so many cheerleaders in California have had to deal with disgraceful wage conditions. As the Raiders’ case showed, class action lawsuits can be an effective tool in making sure that employers pay workers properly and not below minimum wage guidelines.

If you have experienced wage issues due to work being performed off the clock or you are owed overtime, an attorney may be able to assist you. Employment law can be incredibly complex, so your case may require investigation.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys