Cheerleaders in action
Cheerleaders in action.

Oakland Raiders sued by cheerleaders

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The Oakland Raiders football team are being sued by current and former cheerleaders who are claiming wage theft and other unfair practices by their employer.

The lawsuit filed, Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that the organization withholds all pay from the Raiderettes - the name of the squad - until the end of the season, does not pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses.

According to the filing, Raiders cheerleaders are paid $1,250 per season, which amounts to less than $5 per hour for the time they spend rehearsing, performing and appearing at events, for which they are not compensated.

The team have yet to comment on the matter. 

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