According to the attorney for the Raiderettes, of the many gripes comes the revelation that their annual salary equates to roughly $5 an hour. But of course.
Below are the details, via the San Jose Mercury News:
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. According to Vinick, the Raiders cheerleaders are contracted for an annual salary of $1,250, which amounts to an hourly wage of less than $5 per hour.
Despite all of that, perhaps the most preposterous thing to emerge from the lawsuit is that the cheerleaders apparently get fined for “infractions” such as bringing the wrong pom-poms to practice. Amazing.
The Raiders, presumably busy looking at a big board of renowned badminton players, have declined to comment.
To make matters worse, here’s a photo of Raiders owner and part-time goblin, Mark Davis.
[via San Jose Mercury News]