New York Jets become fourth NFL team sued by cheerleaders over wages

Tue May 6, 2014 5:51pm EDT
 
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By Victoria Cavaliere

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Jets on Tuesday became the fourth National Football League team to be sued by former cheerleaders claiming wage theft and other labor law violations.

Krystal C., who spent one year as a Jets cheerleader in 2012, filed the lawsuit in New Jersey state court seeking back pay on behalf of the entire squad.

The lawsuit followed similar legal action since January by cheerleaders with the Oakland Raiders in California, the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio and the Buffalo Bills in New York.

In her lawsuit, Krystal C. said she and her teammates were paid a flat $150 fee for games but were not compensated for practice time, travel time and other work.

"When you look at the actual hours worked versus what Krystal was paid, she only made $3.77 per hour," her attorney Patricia Pierce said.

New York's minimum wage is now $8.75 per hour.

Krystal C., who like many cheerleaders uses an initial instead of her surname to protect her privacy, was emboldened to file suit after watching other cheerleaders come forward, her attorney said.

"The failure to pay the women who work as cheerleaders a legal wage for all of the hours that they work is clearly an NFL-wide problem that needs to change," Pierce said.   Continued...

 
New York Jets cheerleaders are interviewed during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey January 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri