Sunday, January 26, 2014

Not Soo Cheerful Cheerleaders

      Well the playoffs are done for the San Francisco Forty Niners. The team was great and had an even better year. But jus across the bay bridge, things aren't looking soo good for their sister team, The Oakland Raiders. 
     Their season was rough and it continues even though their season was over a while ago. On Wednesday, the Oakland Raiders were sued by its cheerleading squad.
     The team is breaking all kinds of labor laws. The suit  claims that the Raiders organization engaged in wage theft and other unfair employment practices. The suit states that the team withholds all pay from the Raiderettes until after the season is completed, doesn't pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses. The lawsuit also claims that the Raiderettes become subject to other costs such as bringing the wrong pom-poms to practice, wearing the wrong workout clothing, not bringing a yoga mat to practice, or not turning in written biographies on time.
     According to the Raiderette's attorney , the Raiders cheerleaders are contracted for an salary of $1,250, which amounts to an hourly wage of less than $5 per hour. 
     This is a local story that will explode and become much more. These actions by the football team is shady and should be brought to light. The women work just like other Californians but may have some luxuries. This does not change the fact that they go to work and perform the job they were hired to do. Their job must be tiring because they practice and rehearse for a team that isn't good. They deserve a higher pay and what they are getting is wrong.

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