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Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders File Suit Claiming Team Pays $5 Hourly Wage, and Late

Raiderettes Lawsuit

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For the Raiderettes, the privilege of cheering for a 4-12 team is no longer enough. Now the ladies in black and silver want the organization to actually follow labor law.  

A lawsuit brought forward in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of current and former cheerleaders alleges that the Raiders have engaged in wage theft and other unfair employment practices.  The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Lacy T., who must be identified by her first name only as per Raiderette privacy policies.  She and the other Raiderettes are represented by Sharon Vinick, an Oakland area labor lawyer

From the San Jose Mercury News:

According to Vinick, the Raiders cheerleaders are contracted for an annual salary of $1,250, which amounts to an hourly wage of less than $5 per hour. The lawsuit also claims that the Raiderettes incur other costs, including fines levied for infractions such as bringing the wrong pom-poms to practice, wearing the wrong workout clothing to rehearsals, failing to bring a yoga mat to practice, or not turning in written biographies on time.

Vinick told KTVU: “I was just shocked at the type of provisions that were in this contract and how an organization with the resources and sophistication as the Raiders could give this kind of contract to their employees.”

As if the egregious wage wasn’t enough, Raiderettes say they are paid in a lump sum at the end of the season.  For many, this prolonged wait makes domestic life problematic Lacy T. explains:

“I’ve been dancing for 16 years, and I was paid more for dancing in college than I am as a pro cheerleader,” Lacy T. said in an interview. “I’m a stay-at-home mom, and every dollar out of my pocket is noticed.”

The Raiders organization has 30 days to appeal the lawsuit.  SF Gate suggests the team caught wind of the lawsuit because they suddenly offered larger paychecks last week.  Lacy T. said she was paid  $2,780 for 332.5 regular work hours and 10 hours of overtime.  That amount is still less than the previously agreed to contractual rate the lawsuit targets.


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