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Cheerleaders and NFL pay controversy

Hayes (2467)Historic Rivalries have always been the hallmark of the National Football League. Nothing captures public interest like a good battle between strong adversaries. This year, however, traditional team battles may be eclipsed by the current off-field clash between women’s groups and the league itself.

While the league has been publicly dealing with an image crisis related to allegations of player domestic violence, it has also been quietly evaluating lawsuits from its own celebrated women’s group — NFL cheerleaders.

The cheerleaders claim they  have not been paid fairly, and earlier this month, Oakland’s Raiderettes were awarded a $1.25 million settlement of back wages. Four other teams (Cincinnati, Buffalo, Tampa Bay and New York) are facing similar lawsuits. In fact, Buffalo began the season without any cheerleaders since its squad, the “Jills,” suspended activity during the legal controversy.

You can read the entire article in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Janet Hayes  a shareholder in the Knoxville office, is an advocate for employers and businesses across the state. Ms. Hayes has successfully defended employment claims including sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, discrimination, workers’ compensation, invasion of privacy and denial of benefits.  In addition to her employment law practice, Ms. Hayes is actively involved in complex litigation, including class action and collective action defense.