Cheerleaders should be considered employees not independent contractors. New York State law makers agree, and now the issue is front and center for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to respond.
New York State lawmakers make a great play for cheerleader’s work place rights. State Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday advocating to the league to mandate all teams to give cheerleaders similar employment protections that most other stadium or league employees have.
Former members of the New York Jet’s Flight Crew and Buffalo Jills have sued their former NFL teams alleging minimum wage violations. Cheerleaders have sued several NFL teams for labor violations, in several states. The Oakland Raiders settled suits brought by two former cheerleaders for $1.25 million after claiming they weren’t paid the minimum wage, had wages withheld and weren’t reimbursed for expenses.
Cheerleaders from three other teams, have filed similar suits.
Enough is enough, give cheerleaders a break, give them what they deserve – full employee status at the very least.