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NFL Cheerleaders in California Are Now Entitled to Employment Protections

NFL Cheerleaders in California Are Now Entitled to Employment Protections

California-based professional cheerleaders finally won employment protections.

On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that entitles cheerleaders for professional sports teams to minimum wage, sick leave, and other protections that full-time employees receive.

NFL cheerleaders have spoken out about the unfair working conditions and filed lawsuits against the NFL.

Last year, Raiders cheerleader Lacy T. filed a lawsuit against the team, claiming the cheerleaders were not paid for all the hours they were required to work. According to a BuzzFeed report, she went on to claim that the Raiderettes were not reimbursed for "business expenses," were "paid a flat fee of $125 (per home game), regardless of the hours worked," and were required to make unpaid charity appearances.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced the bill.

According to BuzzFeed, prior to the bill, cheerleaders were considered contract employees and their employment was at will.

In a release, Gonzalez said  that the signing is "an important step toward ensuring that multi-billion dollar sports teams treat cheerleaders with the same dignity and respect as every other employee who makes the game-day experience special."

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