Oliver Willis

NBA Cheerleaders Follow NFL In Demanding Better Pay

NBA cheerleaders are standing up for better pay from NBA teams with millions of dollars in revenue.

“A former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader, Lauren Herington, last week sued the team for violating the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act and Wisconsin’s prevailing wage and payment laws. The pay that Herington and other Bucks cheerleaders received—$65 per game, $30 per practice, and $50 for each special appearance—did not meet Wisconsin’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour based on the time that they logged. The team required its cheerleaders to arrive two-and-a-half hours before games, rehearse five to 10 hours each week, and participate in workout sessions for 15 to 20 hours per week. All told, Herington took home about $3.50 to $4.50 per hour and was not paid for overtime when she put in more than 40 hours a week.” [READ MORE]