The Flight Crew are the most recent team to beat the New York Jets. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
North Jersey.com – In a move that could send a signal to teams in other NFL cities, the Jets have agreed to pay nearly $324,000 to cheerleaders to settle a class-action lawsuit in which women claimed they were cheated out of wages, ordered to practices but not paid and forced to cover work-related expenses, like makeup, hair care and transportation.
The lawsuit, settled Friday in state Superior Court in Bergen County, is one of several filed against NFL teams as the league faces pressure from lawmakers in New Jersey and other states to pay cheerleaders according to labor laws. …
The 52 current and former cheerleaders covered in the Bergen County case were all members of the squad known as The Flight Crew during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
The lawsuit was filed in August 2014 by a former cheerleader identified only as ‘Krystal C.’ in the court documents [and argued] the women were paid $150 per game and issued cheerleader uniforms but were not paid for other work.
Way to go, Jets. Leave to that corrupt, morally bankrupt organization to not only oppress working women, but get their asses kicked in court by a bunch of cheerleaders.
Not that I’m denigrating these young ladies by any stretch. Leading cheers is a noble profession and the cheerleader is no less an American icon than the cowboy. Without their selfless dedication to spreading pep through syncopated rhymes and choreographed kick lines, some people among us wouldn’t know how to root for the home team. And they deserve to be paid what their important duties are worth.
I’m just saying that only the Jets could refuse to pay these dedicated professionals their fair share. Or get smacked around in court by a group whose main job requirements are memorizing dance steps, being super attractive and not letting their weight get away from them. I’d expect nothing less from the franchise that had Brett Favre texting pictures of his Li’l Gunslinger to unsuspecting female employees and hasn’t won anything since before men walked on the moon. Which means this might be the most New York Jets story ever.
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