Pay the woman!
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Damn the man!
On Wednesday, the cheerleading squad for the Raiders filed suit against the NFL team, alleging wage theft and unfair employment practices. And you thought the worse thing the Raiders had to worry about was their shitty football season.
I've always known that professional cheerleaders get paid crap, but I didn't realize just how bad it really is.
According to [the squad's lawyer], 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.
That is REALLY, REALLY BAD.
I hope the cheerleaders kick some corporate NFL ass.
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