Cheerleaders Say NFL, Teams Conspire To Keep Wages Low

Law360, New York (February 1, 2017, 2:33 PM EST) -- A former cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers “Gold Rush Girls” filed a putative class action in California federal court on Tuesday, accusing the NFL and its teams of conspiring to suppress the wages of female athletes, days before the Super Bowl.

The performer, identified as Jane Doe, worked for the Bay Area football team from July 2013 until February 2014, and is seeking to represent a class of all cheerleaders employed by NFL teams in the past four years.

According to the complaint, the league and 26 teams that operate cheerleading squads have agreed to pay the female athletes below market...

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