A member of the Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad sued the
football team in Alameda County Superior Court today (Wednesday), alleging that the club
is in "flagrant violation" of an array of California wage and employment
The Raiderette, identified in the lawsuit as Lacy T., claims the
Oakland Raiders club doesn't pay the cheerleaders for all the time they spend
working, withholds pay until the end of the season, and forces them to pay
some of their own business expenses.
The lawsuit seeks to be certified as a class action on behalf of
all present and former Raiderettes who cheered for the team since 2010.
Lacy T.'s lawyer, Sharon Vinick, said the cheerleaders are paid
only $1,250 per season, which amounts to less than $5 per hour for the time
they spend rehearsing, performing and making required appearances at charity
Lacy T. said in a statement, "I love the Raiders and I love being
a Raiderette, but someone has to stand up for all of the women of the NFL who
work so hard for the fans and the teams."
Raiders spokesman Mike Taylor today declined to comment on the