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Gazette Premium Content Oakland Raiders sued by Raiderettes cheerleaders

News services - Updated: January 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

The Oakland Raiders' rough season continues, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

On Wednesday, they were sued by their cheerleading squad.

The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of current and former Raiderettes, claims that the NFL team engaged in wage theft and other unfair employment practices. Specifically, the suit charges that the team withholds all pay from the Raiderettes until after the season is completed, does not pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses.

"It's as if the Raiders' owners believe that the laws that protect all workers in California just don't apply to them," attorney Sharon Vinick said.

According to Vinick, the Raiders cheerleaders are contracted for an annual salary of $1,250, which amounts to an hourly wage of less than $5 per hour.

The Raiders finished 4-12 and in last place in the AFC West.

Read more at mercurynews.com

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