The bandwagon for professional football cheerleaders suing their teams just got another member. According to an NBC Bay Area report, New York Jets cheerleader “Krystal C.” has filed a class-action lawsuit against the team “seeking damages for unpaid wages and reimbursement of work-related expenses.” The report adds:
“Krystal alleges, while she and her ‘Flight Crew’ squad are paid $150 per game and $100 per special event, her salary drops to just $3.77 an hour because of all the additional ‘off the clock’ hours she and the squad are required to work. That total drops to $1.50 an hour counting the mandatory hair, makeup and transportation expenses the cheerleaders must spend, her suit claims.”
The lawsuit from “Krystal C.” follows lawsuits from cheerleaders against the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, and Buffalo Bills. The lawsuit against the Bills from their cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, claimed that the team underpaid the cheerleaders and hostile conditions existed, prompting the team to suspend the cheerleaders’ operations.
The Raiders and Bengals have not suspended operations with their cheerleaders. The Jets have made no comment about the lawsuit from “Krystal C.”