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CA bill would protect NFL cheerleaders under state wage law




Oakland Raiderettes at Wembley Stadium on September 28, 2014
Oakland Raiderettes at Wembley Stadium on September 28, 2014
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For all the money spent on stadiums and salaries for players and coaches in the NFL, very little money goes to the cheerleaders on the sidelines. Teams often don't consider them employees, and many don't even make minimum wage.

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a former college-level cheerleader herself, introduced legislation yesterday that would require professional sports teams to provide cheerleaders with the same rights and benefits as other employees.