When it rains it pours, and it appears that the Oakland Raiders are living in a thunderstorm. The franchise that can’t get out of its own way is now being sued by its cheerleaders, the Raiderettes.
According to a report from the San Jose Mercury News, the cheerleading squad filed suit against the franchise on Wednesday for treating employees improperly.
The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of current and former Raiderettes, claims that the NFL team engaged in wage theft and other unfair employment practices. Specifically, the suit charges that the team withholds all pay from the Raiderettes until after the season is completed, does not pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses.
Cheerleader Lacy T., who is the lead plaintiff, enjoys being a Raiderette, but is tired of the way the franchise is treating the team.
“The club controls our hairstyle and makeup, and we have to foot the bill,” said Lacy T. “We also have to pay the costs for traveling to all kinds of events, including photo shoots… I love the Raiders and I love being a Raiderette, but someone has to stand up for all of the women of the NFL who work so hard for the fans and the teams.”
Attorney Sharon Vinick is leading the suit against the Raiders.