Raiderettes Get Payouts from $1.25m Settlement

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The Oakland Raiderettes dance team lines up on December 4, 2016 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 38-24. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Vic Tafur on May 10, 2017.

The Raiderettes had reason to cheer Wednesday, as the proceeds from a $1.25 million legal settlement were distributed to nearly 100 women who worked as cheerleaders for the Raiders.

A lawsuit, the first filed on behalf of cheerleaders in the NFL, claimed the Raiders failed to pay their cheerleading squad minimum wage for the hours they worked, failed to pay overtime, and failed to reimburse them for thousands of dollars of incurred expenses from 2010 to ’14.

“Our clients have now been paid the equivalent of minimum wage for all of the hours they worked and have been reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses,” attorney Sharon Vinick said in a statement from Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, the attorneys for the class members. “It is important to note that paying these women minimum wage doesn’t represent the value that these hard-working women bring to the Game Day Experience.” …

SF Chronicle 5/10

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