OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A member of the Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad sued the football team in Alameda County Superior Court Wednesday for allegedly being in “flagrant violation” of an array of state labor laws, including failing to pay the minimum wage.
The Raiderette, identified in the lawsuit as Lacy T., claims the Oakland Raiders club doesn’t pay the cheerleaders for all the time they spend working, withholds pay until the end of the season, and forces them to pay some of their own business expenses.
The club also allegedly fails to pay overtime, doesn’t provide meal and rest breaks, and deducts “fines” of $10 or more from the women’s pay of $125 per game for infractions such as forgetting to bring the correct pom-poms to rehearsals, according to the lawsuit.
“The Raiders have blatantly disregarded the fair employment laws,” said Sharon Vinick, one of Lacy T.’s lawyers.
The lawsuit seeks to be certified as a class action on behalf of all present and former Raiderettes who cheered for the team since 2010, estimated to total about 100 women.
It asks the court for an injunction requiring the team to stop the allegedly illegal practices, an award of back pay for the cheerleaders and other financial penalties.