A member of the cheerleading team for an Ohio-based professional football squad has filed a lawsuit based on alleged employee time and pay discrepancies, following the steps of another cheerleader from California who filed a similar suit in late January.
The employee, who recently finished her first season with the team, stated in the litigation that her cumulative earnings weren't close to the state minimum wage of $7.85 per hour after calculating practice and game time, CBS Sports reported. Although Ohio mandated an hourly payment of at least $7.85 per hour in 2013 to non-exempt workers, the cheerleader claims she earned roughly $2.85 per hour.
According to the plaintiff, the employer provides cheerleaders a per-game fee of $90 for the team's 10 home games - eight in the regular season and two preseason contests - but the team does not pay for time at practice and required community events.
Minimum wage must be paid to all hourly workers, either at the federal level of $7.25 or more in states where the base pay rate is higher, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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