Former Cheerleader Sues The Tampa Bay Buccaneers For Paying Below Minimum Wage
Yet another NFL team is being sued by a former cheerleader for allegedly paying pom-pom shakers less than minimum wage.
Manouchcar Pierre-Val, 25, filed a class action lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, claiming they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by paying her only $2 an hour between April 2012 and March 2013.
According to the Huffington Post, Pierre-Val’s lawsuit states she was paid $100 for cheering in home games, but was not paid for arriving early on game days, 15 hours of practice per week, posing for a swimsuit calendar, and 40 hours of charity work on behalf of the team. All in all, Pierre-Val estimated she and each member of the team are owed pay for 500 hours of work for the Bucs. Think Progress noted that the mandated minimum wage is Florida is around $8.
The Bucs lawsuit joins five others by former cheerleaders who claim they weren’t paid the minimum wage, including five from the Buffalo Bills, one from the Oakland Raiders, and several from the Cincinatti Bengals.
Do we have a mass cheerleading protest on our hands? (Please yes.) Gimme a M-I-N-I-M-U-M W-A-G-E! What’s that spell?
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