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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cal Bill Would Treat Pro Team Cheerleaders as Employees

WaPo California Might Soon Require Pro Teams to Treat Cheerleaders as Employees

A California bill filed last week would require professional sports teams in the state to treat their cheerleaders as employees.

 

“NFL teams and their billionaire owners have used professional cheerleaders as part of the game day experience for decades,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D), the bill’s sponsor and a former collegiate cheerleader, said in a statement. “They have capitalized on their talents without providing even the most basic workplace protections like minimum wage.”

 

The bill, AB 202, would also cover overtime compensation and standards for working conditions. It comes after a class-action lawsuit was filed last year by two former cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders who accused the team of violating labor laws, including withholding pay until the end of the season and paying less than $5 an hour. California’s minimum wage is currently $9 an hour.

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Oh California...

Posted by: Think Like a 1L | Feb 3, 2015 1:08:25 PM

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