Employees should be paid for the work that they perform for their employers. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law which establishes, among other things, minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers.
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader has filed a lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over its pay practices. In the lawsuit, she claims that she was paid less than $2 per hour for the time she devoted to the team, including games, practices, and community appearances. She claims that she was paid $100 for each home game and if all the time she spent “working” for the team is calculated, she was paid substantially less than the applicable minimum wage. Similar lawsuits have been filed against the New York Jets, the Oakland Raiders, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Buffalo Bills. It will be interesting to see how these cases turn out. Certainly, the cheerleaders deserve to be compensated for the work that they performed for their employers.
Cotzen Law has handled a wide variety of FLSA lawsuits, including a currently pending collective action against Wyndham Vacation Ownership where timeshare salespeople are alleging that they have not been adequately compensated for hours worked on behalf of the Defendant.
More information on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers case can be found here.