Raiderettes to become first NFL cheerleaders to be paid minimum wage
Are you unimpressed with the magnitude of a legal victory that merely results in workers being paid minimum wage? The minimum wage adjustment will likely make the Raiderettes the highest paid cheerleaders in the NFL. You know it's a unusual day in workplace gender justice when Jezebel does a story on the Oakland Raiders.
And so it is an unusual day, as the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders will be paid minimum wage according to NBC Bay Area. The Raiders did not announce the raise, but the hourly rate was announced in an audition posting. The change should nearly triple the amount each Raiderette is paid,from $1,250 per season last year to about $3,000 this year.
The NFL has a growing perception problem with the fairness of how it treats its cheerleaders. Five separate NFL teams are currently being sued by their cheerleaders over unfair labor practices (the Raiders, the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
In each of the lawsuits, the point is made that the cheerleaders are paid less than minimum wage, regularly get their checks docked in ways inconsistent with state law and not compensated for mandatory community and charity appearances.
This pay raise doesn't get the Raiders out of hot water with their cheerleading issues. The Raiders still face an arbitration suit from former cheerleaders over unpaid back wages.