Cheerleader suing Buccaneers for paying less than minimum wage
The Buccaneers are the fifth NFL team to be sued by a former cheerleader or cheerleaders.
Earlier this month, the Buccaneers introduced their 2014 cheerleading squad after more than 100 women tried out for the team.
Former cheerleader Manouchcar Pierre-Val, according to the Tampa Tribune , filed her lawsuit Monday because the organization paid her less than $2 an hour, violating federal and state wages laws.
According to Pierre-Val's attorney, Kimberly Woods, the lawsuit seeks to be a class-action suit, and Woods told the paper that other women are interested in joining the suit.
Buccaneers spokesman Luis Nelson declined comment for the most part but did say, "As a general rule, we don't discuss compensation practices for any members of our organization."
According to Woods, the cheerleaders make $100 a game, but they aren't compensated for their cheerleading practices. The cheerleaders also are required to attend 40 hours of public appearances each year. For corporate-sponsored events, Woods said the cheerleaders earn between $25-$50 per hour, but they make no money for any other appearances.
Interestingly, Pierre-Val is featured on the Buccaneers website in a video in which she says she loves being a Buccaneers cheerleader.
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