You knew this was going to happen after the Raiderette lawsuit: a former member of the Ben-Gals, the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders, is suing the NFL team for allegedly violating federal employment laws.
Bengals cheerleader Alexa Brenneman claims she was paid just $2.85 per hour while she worked for the team in 2013. Ohio minimum wage is $7.85.
Per the report from Cincinnati.com, Brenneman…
• says cheer squad members are paid $90 per game for 10 games.
• claims Ben-Gals put in more than 300 hours of time attending mandatory practices and charity events, and completing volunteer work
• asks for a judge’s order to stop the Bengals from continued violations and to recoup unpaid wages for cheerleaders, attorney fees and court costs.
The Bengals’ response:
“The lawsuit appears to be a copycat lawsuit that mimics the one filed last month in California against a different NFL club. The Bengals will address the litigation in due course.”
Where does this all end? In court and maybe with cheerleaders off the sidelines of some NFL teams…unless NFL owners agree to a giant tip jar or something.