Former Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Granted Class Action Status, Suit Vs. Team, Citadel/Cumulus Can Proceed
January 12, 2016 at 3:50 AM (PT)
A judge has ruled that the 2014 class-action lawsuit by members of the BUFFALO BILLS' cheerleading squad against the NFL team and CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY (now CUMULUS) can proceed.
ERIE COUNTY Supreme Court Justice TIMOTHY DRURY granted class action status to cheerleaders who were on the JILLS roster from APRIL 2008 through 2013, a group likely to number about 134.
The suit filed by five former members of the squad alleged that they had been improperly classified as independent contractors and forced to work for less than the minimum wage or for free; the squad has not performed at games since the suit was filed. It also prompted a proposal in the NEW YORK State Senate to require pro teams to treat cheerleaders as employees. CITADEL, the broadcast rights holder for BILLS football, also held the rights to run the JILLS squad under its contracts with the team, covering the 2007 through 2010 seasons.