Monday, April 28, 2014

Another NFL Cheerleader Lawsuit - Buffalo Bills

You may recall the recent wage and hour lawsuit filed by the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders. If any other NFL cheerleaders have a lawsuit, they better bring it. What's that you say? Oh, it's already been brought'n (<- worst movie reference in Lawffice Space history? Probably. Here's the clip.).

The Buffalo Bills cheerleaders filed this Complaint, alleging assorted wage and hour types of claims. The gist of the lawsuit is similar to the Raiders suit - the cheerleaders do a ton of work and incur costs, and they don't get adequately paid. I'm sure the headline-grabber will be the allegation about the "Jiggle Test" though:
[T]he Jills were subjected to weekly "physique evaluations" during which defendants' representatives tested the Jills' bodies for "Jiggling." During the "Jiggle Test" defendants scrutinized the women's stomach, arms, legs, hips, and butt while she does jumping jacks. The physique evaluations largely determine whether or not any particular Jill would be allowed to perform at the Bills' next home game. Jills that failed to meet defendants' physical standards received warnings, and in some cases were penalized suspended or dismissed.
On the one hand, that sounds pretty demeaning. On the other hand, that's kind of the gig, right?

CNN has some video coverage. Meanwhile, the Bills cheerleading squad has reportedly suspended operations for the season. That's okay though - it's the Bills, so there probably won't be much cheering to lead anyway (ouch, was that necessary? I feel bad about myself already).

Image: Bills logo used in commentary on Bills. Not official use.

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