And just last month, a Miami Dolphins cheerleader filed a suit against the league after she said she became “a target of discipline, ridicule, harassment and abuse” from the team’s cheerleading director after she posted a photo on social media of her recent baptism.
In 2014, cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills claimed they were told to do jumping jacks during tryouts to see if “their flesh giggled,” and were forced to don bikinis and do back flips for wealthy sponsors during a golf tournament. The cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, were disbanded after five former cheerleaders filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they weren’t paid for the hours they worked.
In addition to those suits, at least five NFL teams — the Bills, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets — have all had lawsuits from cheerleaders over fair pay.
The NFL released a statement saying they support fair employment practices. Washington also released a statement regarding the allegations:
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 3, 2018