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Raiders cheerleaders get their back pay, ending long legal battle

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After lawyers for the Raiders and their cheerleaders battled for years, cheerleaders finally got the pay owed to them on Wednesday.

About 90 women who worked as cheerleaders received payments of about $6,000 a season for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons and about $2,500 for the 2013 season. The cheerleaders accused the Raiders of violating the law by paying them less than minimum wage in those seasons, and the Raiders agreed to settle the lawsuit.

“Our clients have now been paid the equivalent of minimum wage for all of the hours they worked and have been reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses,” attorney Sharon Vinick said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “It is important to note that paying these women minimum wage doesn’t represent the value that these hard-working women bring to the Game Day Experience,”

After the Raiderettes sued, cheerleaders for several other NFL teams filed similar lawsuits saying they were underpaid by their employers.

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12 Responses to “Raiders cheerleaders get their back pay, ending long legal battle”
  1. dawsonleery says: May 11, 2017 6:02 AM

    Every team better get ready for this.

  2. stewart09 says: May 11, 2017 6:34 AM

    Insane how greedy owners are that they underpay ppl who’s combined pay wouldn’t come remotely close to even late round rookies pay it’s horrible predatory behavior.

  3. saxguru says: May 11, 2017 6:34 AM

    The Raiders had it coming……

  4. jmac1013 says: May 11, 2017 8:05 AM

    Just get rid of the Cheerleaders.

  5. blurocpurp says: May 11, 2017 8:37 AM

    I’ve been following this situation from the start and I have to say that its quite shocking how much time is required of these women and how little they are paid. Even more shocking that they had to fight just to get paid MINIMUM WAGE!!! WTH

  6. illumination666 says: May 11, 2017 9:30 AM

    Cheerleading has been tied to American sports since the beginning of time. The professional level for these women is a joke. I was mind blown when I found out these women made minimum wage, or even less for some.

  7. redlikethepig says: May 11, 2017 10:07 AM

    It’s small change … pay the girls. This is embarrassing.

  8. jspyle says: May 11, 2017 10:32 AM

    Kind of ironic isn’t it? Billionaire owners spending lots of money on attorneys to fight paying Cheerleaders minimum wage. Mark Davis is a complete and utter fool.

  9. whathaveyou55 says: May 11, 2017 11:04 AM

    How much will these women see after the vultures–I mean, lawyers–get their cut?

    Cheerleaders at NFL games are sometimes nice eye candy, but otherwise useless. Just eliminate the jobs already. BUT if you keep them, pay them properly.

  10. troubledoneswhobathe says: May 11, 2017 11:51 AM

    The Raiders can’t afford a stadium and now they can’t afford their cheerleadrs? Will there be toilet paper in the new Vegas Stadium?

  11. troubledoneswhobathe says: May 11, 2017 11:54 AM

    But keep in mind, Mark.Davis can’t afford a basic haircut at Super Cuts. SMH.

  12. 1captain1 says: May 15, 2017 1:31 PM

    Get rid of minimum wage. Problem solved. I can then pay the guys who work for me a lot less and I can get that 3rd house on the West Coast I need.

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