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Oakland Raiders sued by cheerleader

Original post made on Jan 24, 2014

A member of the Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad sued the football team in Alameda County Superior Court Wednesday for allegedly being in "flagrant violation" of an array of state labor laws, including failing to pay the minimum wage.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 23, 2014, 1:05 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Irving
a resident of Danville
on Jan 24, 2014 at 7:43 am

Hey Lacy T.

Give us a break ... Lincoln freed the slaves over 150 years ago. You knew up front that you weren't going to get rich as a Raiderette. Many cheerleaders perform, not for the $1,250.00 annual pay, but for potential side benefits such as TV exposure, boost to modeling or other careers or catching a rich guy.
I suppose there will always be lawyers who will take any crappy case in order to get their name in the newspaper.

Posted by Linda
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

No sympathy--u knew what you were getting into as well as free ogling from drunk spectators and the chance to steal someone else's spouse or bf.

Posted by Aston Isht
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

This silly soapbox just never ceases to amaze and entertain with the sheer stupidity and arrogance of some privileged readers.

Irving, the Raiders are worth $816 Million, according to Forbes. Like any other business that employs people, they are required to pay those employees at least a minimum wage. It does not matter whether there are other opportunities that may become available in the job: the minimum is the minimum. Is that really hard to understand?

And Linda: there's no "she knew what she was getting into" defense that justifies impoverishing your workers and ignoring the wage/hour laws. The minimum wage is a pittance, but at least it's better than $5/hour. BTW, there just HAS to be SOMEthing animating your hostility. Did you lose a boyfriend to a cheerleader in high school? A husband to a Raiderette? C'mon, give it up!

Posted by Cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

Tomorrow's headline, today: Raiderettes sack their team!

Posted by FairNSquare
a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

So if there are 50 total Raiderettes, then the total compensation that the Raiders pay them per year is $62,500. Give me a break. They pay an injured running back more than that to sit out one game. And they pay them for practices, and they buy them their uniforms.
This is where we have a societal disconnect. This is where income inequality starts, when management uses, "you should be happy to have this job" and justifies ripping people off.
Why don't you critical ones, start giving back your paid sick leave and vacation time to your companies? Silence, figured you wouldn't want to do that. How about not paying injured players? Hmm... they have a Union to back them up to prevent owners from dong that.
Raiderettes, time to collectively negotiate...

Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:26 am

It's not really a surprise that one of the most embarrassing teams in the NFL would come to this. If you want to get noticed and have exhibitionist tendencies then the Raiderettes are for you. What a zero as a story of any interest!

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