Updating a story we brought you recently, a second Oakland Raiders cheerleader has joined a wage dispute lawsuit against the team.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the second cheerleader, known as “Sarah G.”, said she was paid less than minimum wage. She said she earned approximately $125 per game, or $1,250 per season.
“I had no idea that the contract I had been signing for the past four seasons was illegal until Lacy [the cheerleader who filed the initial suit] filed the lawsuit,” Sarah said, according to the Times. “I did my own research…and then I decided to come out and side with Lacy. I felt fooled.”
The cheerleaders are not paid for weekly practices, or for the minimum of 10 corporate or charity events that they are required to attend, according to the Times. They are also not reimbursed for travel or other out-of-pocket expenses, and they are fined for a variety of infractions.
The class action lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court accuses the team of failing to pay minimum wage and overtime, failing to pay their employees in a timely manner (the women receive only one paycheck per season), of making unlawful wage deductions (in the form of fines for tardiness or missed practices) and of illegally prohibiting the women from discussing their wages and working conditions, according to the Times.
Can Class Action Lawsuits Be Used to Battle Wage Disputes?
In California, employers are prohibited from paying you below minimum wage. Laws exist to ensure that employees are given fair and just compensation for the work they perform. It is the hope of the cheerleaders involved that others will join this class action lawsuit. Recently, a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader filed a similar lawsuit over wage issues in Ohio.
Wage and overtime claims are controversial, so it is important to have an experienced employment dispute attorney by your side. If you believe you are not getting the pay you deserve, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys