Bills cheerleaders were told they aren't allowed to have opinions

The Bills cheerleaders' rules handbook is pretty much the worst thing ever

4/25/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Jills cheerleaders perform during a stoppage in play during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Patriots beat the Bills 23 to 21.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsSome former Buffalo Jills, the cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, are filing a lawsuit against the team saying that they were underpaid and mistreated.

The "underpaid" claim is a common one among NFL cheerleaders. The Bills are just one of several teams facing similar claims, including the Raiders and Bengals.

Worse yet, the claims of being mistreated seem to be extremely valid.

Deadspin got their hands on the Buffalo Jills' rules handbook, which outlines a bunch of rather ridiculous rules that the cheerleaders had to follow.

Among them:
 
14. Do not be overly opinionated about anything. Do not complain about anything- ever hang out with a whiner? It's exhausting and boring.

Also, there are some hygiene rules:
 
12. When menstruating, use a product that right for your menstrual flow. A tampon too big can irritate and develop fungus. A product left in too long can cause bacteria or fungus build up. Products can be changed at least every 4 hours. Except when sleeping, they can be left in for the night.

There are even rules on how to eat:
 
2. When cutting meat. Never cut the full piece of meat all at once. Cut as you go, American style (cut and switch fork to right hand to eat) or European style (keeping fork in left hand to eat) eating is acceptable.

All these rules, for a job that pays significantly less than the state-mandated minimum of $8 per hour.

And on top of that, the cheerleaders said that they had to deal with consistent sexual harassment, and endured a "jiggle test" to make sure their body was acceptable for cheerleading.

Looks like the Bills (and other teams) might want to make some changes. Quickly.
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4/26/14   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Underpaid? I was under the impression that "cheerleading" was a part time gig. It isn't something you plan a future on. As for the rest, I agree with Jess.

4/25/14   |   Jess   |   34446 respect

As far as the sexual harassment and "jiggle test" - I hate to say this, but that's the nature of the business they're in. They shouldn't be harassed by their employer, no, but I hope they're not complaining about the fans, because...well...duh. As for the "jiggle test", that is actually a legitimate thing for testing costumes and what their bewbs are going to do in them (mainly for "wardrobe malfunction" purposes - as any performance dancer of any sort knows.) Unless they're doing it for some other reason, I don't see the problem with that.

Everything else is pretty valid though.