NBA Cheerleader: Rally for Fair Pay
Sacramento, CA – Former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader, Lauren Herington, filed suit in federal court against the Bucks for allegedly violating minimum wage laws. Court documents claim that Herington was paid $65 for each home game, $30 for each practice, and $50 per special appearance. She claims that is amounted to $3 to $5 per hour. Additionally, she was mandated to tan, go to salons and maintain her uniform, all at her expense.
Earlier this year, California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill requiring that professional cheerleaders pay amount to at least minimum wage. Under the bill, which goes into effect on January 1, professional cheerleaders are also entitled to workers compensation benefits. This comes in wake of several lawsuits filed by cheerleaders against NFL teams for unfair wages. In 2014, the Oakland Raiderspaid in excess of $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a class of 90 of the team’s cheerleaders.
Last week, Charli Ramos, a former cheerleader for the Sacramento Kings commented on the lawsuit filed by Herington. She reported to ABC News 10 in Sacramento, “The Kings organization was great to us. I felt they took great care of us. I never experienced anything like that because they paid us well.” Ramos sympathizes with Herington, “There’s a lot of work that goes into it. A lot of people don’t realize how much work we put into being an NBA Dancer. It’s not a full-time job. We like to joke ‘part time job, full-time commitment.”
If you think your employer has not paid you what you are entitled to, you need to speak with an experienced employment law attorney who knows the law. George Duesdieker, has more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of clients in labor and employment issues including wage and hour claims. The Law Offices of George Duesdieker offers contingency fees, so you will not be charged unless you receive compensation. Contact us at 650.684.5444 or online for a free initial consultation.