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The Jets are also getting sued by a cheerleader

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It’s the year of the cheerleader lawsuit.

The Jets have joined the Bengals, Bills and Raiders as teams facing such actions after a member of the team’s Flight Crew filed suit seeking damages for unpaid wages and reimbursement of work-related expenses. NBC Bay Area reports that Krystal C., as the cheerleader is referred to in court documents, claims that the cheerleaders are paid just $3.77 an hour once you account for all of the additional unpaid hours that members of the squad are required to work. She also alleges that their pay, $150 per game and $100 per special event, drops to $1.50 an hour when mandatory expenses like hair and makeup enter into the equation.

“Cheering in that field in that live stadium with thousands of fans and players is an experience you’ll never forget,” Krystal C., who worked for the Jets in 2012, said. “But I started feeling that there is this unfairness. I did all the math, and our paycheck wasn’t summing up.”

The league said last month that it had no comment on the suits against the teams, but that they were following developments. If the number of suits continues to grow, it will be harder for them to avoid commenting about allegations that franchises worth billions of dollars were paying their employees less than legally mandated wage for their services.

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38 Responses to “The Jets are also getting sued by a cheerleader”
  1. cletusvandam says: May 6, 2014 2:35 PM

    Do away with cheerleaders, problem solved.

  2. barsfordays says: May 6, 2014 2:35 PM

    Well, thats Jets circus for ya

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    No one has a gun to these cheerleader’s heads. If they find the cons outweigh the pros of being a cheerleader, they’re perfectly free to seek alternatives.

    This “let’s go sue somebody” mentality is laming up the country.

  4. barneyrumble says: May 6, 2014 2:38 PM

    What’s going to happen is not Cheerleaders making big bucks, it’s going to be the owners deciding to get rid of the cheerleaders and the problem!

  5. thegreatgabbert says: May 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    At least they have Krystal C. doing the maths and summing up the paychecks.

  6. achap39 says: May 6, 2014 2:41 PM

    Bottom line: so long as the teams disclosed what they were or weren’t getting paid for, they have no legal leg to stand on.

  7. nyfootballgiants says: May 6, 2014 2:41 PM

    Which is why, as a Giants fan – I am happy we never had cheerleaders….

  8. thegreatgabbert says: May 6, 2014 2:41 PM

    They were going to be represented by Sue U., but she wasn’t quite as articulate as Krystal C.

  9. vikesr4reel says: May 6, 2014 2:42 PM

    Just another act in the circus!!

  10. godofwine330 says: May 6, 2014 2:43 PM

    I guess pretty and hot don’t pay as much as everybody thought, huh? It can’t even get you minimum wage.

  11. luckydog46 says: May 6, 2014 2:45 PM

    The cheer leaders need a draft in April!

  12. joker65 says: May 6, 2014 2:45 PM

    Hair and makeup? They are called unreimbursed job expenses. Take note of what you paid for them and then deduct them on your schedule A of your Federal Tax Returns.

    What unpaid hours is she talking about? How about some details there? Driving to and from the games?

  13. stillers213 says: May 6, 2014 2:47 PM

    “We got lawyers, yes we do! We got lawyers how about you?”

  14. bigbeast15 says: May 6, 2014 2:48 PM

    Is it not common knowledge that, outside of players, coaches, and senior football operations personnel, most people who work in sports make peanuts?

    I feel a lot worse for the full time (plus) personnel working in sports for <$30k a year than I do for part-time cheerleaders who do this as a hobby or to be able to prolong a dance career that never came-to-be. Marketing, Equipment Mgt, Ticket Operations, Sales Reps, Fulfillment, etc. make very little and are told to feel fortunate that they are even able to have jobs in sports.

  15. pete5867 says: May 6, 2014 2:50 PM

    Anyone notice the Vikes are not being sued? Best franchise in the world! SKOL BABY!!!

  16. mancave001 says: May 6, 2014 2:52 PM

    The truth as I see it:

    1. The cheerleaders do seem to be quite underpaid

    2. No one is forcing them to do the job

    3. They are not “cheerleading” anything. NFL cheerleaders are a bunch of hot model dancers.

    4. No way are they going to successfully claim that the team is violating minimum wage laws because of their unreimbursed expenses. Unreimbursed expenses, as far as I know, don’t count against the legal minimum wage requirements. For games, they are making more than $25 an hour. How much money are they spending on freaking makeup?

  17. danmarinos1stlovechild says: May 6, 2014 2:53 PM

    Typical New York Jets…

  18. tindeaux says: May 6, 2014 2:54 PM

    get rid of cheer leading. that’ll guarantee no lawsuit like this happen in the future.

    cheerleading helps teams win games? really?

  19. mypoint02 says: May 6, 2014 2:58 PM

    There’s an easy solution. Quit and find a new profession.

  20. 69finfan says: May 6, 2014 3:00 PM

    They should sue the Jets for impersonating an NFL team.

  21. omegalh says: May 6, 2014 3:01 PM

    I agree with her. As a Jets fan, I’d rather see her than the team. Pay up.

  22. CKL says: May 6, 2014 3:15 PM

    Fact of the matter is, as long as there are a bunch of women willing to work at this job for peanuts, that’s what they will get paid. It’s not a job that requires much actual talent to do. If your main qualification is a certain look, you will have to be supermodel level to get paid like they do.

    Cheerleaders at the pro level especially are silly anyway. If men need something female to gawk at even at a football game, that’s pretty sad. There’s porn online now, guys.

  23. jackofnotrades says: May 6, 2014 3:21 PM

    she should get millions for trying to get jet fans to cheer for the 2012 jets, sheesh

  24. ampats says: May 6, 2014 3:48 PM

    At least the Jets are not getting sued again because a certain QB who wore #4 likes to text pictures of his body parts

  25. nflviewer says: May 6, 2014 3:50 PM

    I’ve never understood the appeal of cheerleaders at live sports events. Most seats in a stadium are hundreds of feet away from the cheerleaders, so even if you want to ogle them you can’t. If you want to see a good looking girl in a tight outfit up close, go to a beach or gym or park, or get a magazine or watch TV or go online.

    I played college ball for a team with cheerleaders, and I never thought they helped us or other cheerleaders helped our opponents in any way. The crowd is either cheering for the home team or they’re not. Cheerleaders are just there for entertainment. Yes, I’m just stating the obvious.

  26. rcali says: May 6, 2014 3:51 PM

    I thought the whole point of being a pro cheerleader is to advertise yourself to all the rich guys. That would certainly take care of the “Make-Up Expense” problem. Just thinking, should I aske my company to pay me back for the deoderant I put on everyday?

  27. purpleguy says: May 6, 2014 4:04 PM

    I thought for a second there was going to be a reference to being sent cell phone photos by Jets players.

  28. thingamajig says: May 6, 2014 4:12 PM

    Hair and makeup expenses? Just about every women that goes to work has some kind of hair and makeup expense.

  29. iamkillerfin says: May 6, 2014 4:20 PM

    GIRLS… that’s why it’s called a PART TIME JOB!!!

  30. thegreatgabbert says: May 6, 2014 5:09 PM

    It only took her two years to realize the paychecks weren’t summing up so well.

  31. thegreatgabbert says: May 6, 2014 5:11 PM

    Even for people who never have to pay rent, buy their own meals, or pick up the drink tab if they don’t want to, $3.77 per hour is a miserly wage.

  32. anarchopurplism says: May 6, 2014 5:29 PM

    Well…..I guess I need to go sue my employer now for Razer blades, sport coats and commute mileage.

    Ask questions and do the math BEFORE you take the gig.


  33. zeke2517 says: May 6, 2014 5:38 PM

    “Well, thats Jets circus for ya”

    Just how mindless and unoriginal are you?

  34. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 6, 2014 6:18 PM

    Its mandatory that I come into the office clean cut, shaved, suited up and spit shined shoes. Lets see what happens when I put those items on my expense report to be covered by the company.. ha ha

  35. jollyjoker2 says: May 6, 2014 6:56 PM

    come to my house for an hour to cheer me on- I promise to pay you more than minimum wage.!!!

  36. theneedforspeeed says: May 6, 2014 9:51 PM

    They do not get paid for practice. It’s not about normal makeup and hairdo’s, it’s about getting paid for every hour you’re required to be there, and for having to purchase stage makeup, a completely different product than daily makeup.

  37. monropoobah says: May 7, 2014 4:27 AM

    ampats says:
    May 6, 2014 3:48 PM
    At least the Jets are not getting sued again because a certain QB who wore #4 likes to text pictures of his body parts

    what were you trying for there? humor? or are you just trying to make sure everyone remembers the jets had that guy on our team? i remember. and still think it’s hysterical (if noone gets hurt). and sad. But your kind of sad is pretty close.

  38. mmack66 says: Jun 13, 2016 2:57 PM

    theneedforspeeed says:
    May 6, 2014 9:51 PM

    They do not get paid for practice. It’s not about normal makeup and hairdo’s, it’s about getting paid for every hour you’re required to be there, and for having to purchase stage makeup, a completely different product than daily makeup.

    How about no makeup? No one can tell anyway.

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