OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders recently settled an unpaid overtime and minimum wage lawsuit with an estimated 100 former cheerleaders to resolve allegations that the club failed to pay the women for all their hours work and expenses incurred. The suit and subsequent settlement are just some of many similar other claims filed by former NFL cheerleaders against their clubs aimed at recovering their back pay and spur reforms to ensure other performers do not suffer the same type of allege wage theft.
Originally filed in 2014, the lawsuit claims the Raiders cheerleaders did not receive all their due wages, including minimum wage, overtime, and mileage for travel and practice over the course of four years from 2010 to 2014. The $1.25 million settlement will compensate the claimants to the tune of about $20,000 on average per individual but that number is probably the bare minimum the club is required to compensate the women under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Overtime Lawsuit Helps Other Cheerleaders Get Back Pay, Full Wages Moving Forward
One of the lead plaintiffs, a woman known as Lacy T. to protect her identity, released a statement saying, “I never dreamed that my decision to find a lawyer and file a lawsuit would lead to the kind of sweeping changes we have seen for the women of the NFL. It’s pretty breathtaking. But as a mom, it makes me proud to know I’ve stood up for myself, other women, and my daughters.” Often times, the courage to step forward and demand fair pay is the necessary first step to righting wrongs like the one in this case.
While the plaintiffs should have earned much more for their time spent on the job, the suit was none the less significant as it and other unpaid overtime lawsuits against other NFL teams helped spur much needed changes throughout the league. Now that clubs can no longer get away with deceiving cheerleaders about wage practices, hard working women participating in the game will be fully compensated for all their hours on the job as is required under the law.
Amateur Athlete Unpaid Overtime Lawsuits
Call (855) 754-2795 or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review form on the top right of this page if you feel that your wage rights are being violated under the FLSA. Our top-rated team of unpaid wage lawyers will evaluate your situation to determine your best course of action to help you seek justice.
Our office will also determine if it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit against your employer. Because strict time limitations apply for filing these types of claims, we advise you contact our experienced unpaid overtime wage attorneys at your earliest convenience and preserve your legal rights.