Still in the glow of Draft Day, the New York Jets were selected to be the next in line to be sued by its cheerleaders.
Filed in New Jersey, lead plaintiff Krystal C. alleges similar wage claims as women of the Oakland Raiderettes (Raiders), Buffalo Jills (Buffalo Bills), and Cincinnati Ben-Gals (Bengals). The Jets Cheerleaderes were not paid for practices that took place three times a week or other promotional appearances. They were only paid $150 per game and every so often a $100 for a paid appearance.
The “Flight Crew” as the cheerleaders were called, were not reimbursed for Jets related expenses and were also responsible for selling 30 Jets calendars. If they could not, the money would come from their own pockets. Sharon Vinick, the attorney for the Raiderettes, is also involved with the Flight Crew’s case.
In light of the recent cases, a petition has been gaining traction on Change.org asking the NFL to raise cheerleader’s wages and pay them what is fair. The petition currently has over 128,000 signatures.