An Oakland Raiders cheerleader just filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of 40 current and former Raiderettes. She claims the Raiderettes’ contract violates both state and federal wage and hour laws -- and cheerleaders’ contracts with other NFL teams probably do, as well. She invites other dancers with similar problems to join. Twenty-six of the NFL’s 32 teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, have cheerleaders.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals is the federal circuit court that interprets federal law for Minnesota and six other states in the region. So whenever disputes arise over how to read federal employment laws, the 8th Circuit gets the final say for the region unless the U.S. Supreme Court reverses them.
After a veteran charter school teacher in Colorado had her second child last year, the school she worked for refused to give her a place to pump her breast milk. They also would not provide someone to cover her class during the breaks she needed to do so -- three 20-minute breaks per week.