Thursday, May 8, 2014

NFL Cheerleaders Face Arbitration Motion

Last week, I blogged about the Buffalo Bills' cheerleaders filing a wage and hour claim, noting that the Oakland Raiderettes had filed a similar lawsuit earlier in the year. Now, the Raiderette lawsuit faces a significant hurdle: arbitration.

The Oakland Raiders recently filed a Motion to Compel Arbitration (available here). The Raiders claim that the cheerleaders signed an employment agreement that requires arbitrating "all disputes" through the NFL. To make matters even worse for the cheerleaders, the Raiders claim the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires the cheerleaders to arbitrate their disputes individually.

Unfortunately, for employment law bloggers, arbitration could take some of these disputes out of the public eye. We'll have to wait and see whether the Courts actually compel arbitration under the circumstances.