A bill before the California General Assembly would require the state’s professional sports teams to give cheerleaders full employment rights, including paying the minimum wage and overtime.
The bill protects cheerleaders from workplace abuses, including unpaid overtime and being forced to spend significant personal funds on the job, in effect giving them rights equal to a team’s other employees.
Most California pro sports teams classify their cheerleaders as volunteers. Others, like the San Diego Chargers, hire them through third parties and pay them a flat $75 per game.
In September 2014, the Oakland Raiders agreed to pay $1.25 million to 90 current and former cheerleaders to settle claims they were underpaid.