With a bevy of former cheerleaders suing NFL teams for not paying cheerleaders for practices or public appearances, it’s worth celebrating that the Raiders at least will be paying their cheerleading squad the minimum wage in California for all their official duties with the team, even if the team had to be dragged kicking and screaming to this point.
When the Oakland Raiderettes begin their cheerleading season this summer, “Football’s Fabulous Females” will be paid California’s minimum wage, for the first time in team history, for the time they spend practicing, visiting sick children and posing for the annual team calendar.
That translates to about $3,000 a season, or $9 an hour.
In previous years, in addition to twirling and kicking during Raiders’ games at the Oakland Coliseum, Raiderettes were required to show up three hours before each home game, attend 10 charity events a year, pose for photo shoots, and attend parties, drills and three rehearsals a week.
Of course, this wasn’t brought about by some newfound sense of magnanimity by the Raiders. The team was sued by current and former members of the team, who alleged Raiders cheerleaders were paid $1,250 per season, or less than $5 per hour for the time they spend rehearsing, performing and appearing at events for which they are not compensated.
And it’s not as though the Raiders are broadcasting the new wage. The only way the new wage was discovered was because it appeared on audition fliers for the cheerleading team. Those fliers have since been taken down from the team’s website. However, according to NBC Bay Area, two cheerleaders and two attorneys confirmed that they saw the new salary amount.