Jets Cheerleaders Have Class (Action Settlement)
Remember when this country was known for smelting steel and wrangling steers? Okay, me neither, but I read that it was while taking the "Which Member of Taylor Swift's Girl Squad Are You?" test (I was Lorde, but likely because of my black nail polish). So anyway, flash-forward to the present, and we're a country where the New York Jets cheerleaders complain they're not paid enough to spell "J-E-T-S."
The jets cheerleaders look like life size gumbie dolls in those green onesies pic.twitter.com/K99sJgA7N6
— Emily Bateman (@E_b8man) December 27, 2015
To be fair, you do the job, you should get paid. And hey, getting drunk fans to cheer for the likes of Bilal Powell and Geno Smith should command hazard pay. But the cheerleaders claim the Jets didn't pay them for practice (what?), makeup and hair supplies (Oh My!) or transportation costs (hey, neither am I). According to the lead plaintiff's attorney, the cheerleaders made $3.77 per hour, and removing their out-of-pocket costs, that amount goes below $1.50 per hour. Okay, that does suck. So the Jets agreed to a no-fault settlement of about $324,000, or a payout of about $2,500 to $6,000 to each of the named 52 cheerleaders.
Just saw the jets cheerleaders aaaaaaandddd I'm a jets fan
— Mike Fortin (@mike_frtn) December 27, 2015
The total is less than half a game's pay for DB Darrell Revis, and cushion change for Jets owner Woody Johnson, but the Raiders and Bengals have made similar payments, and the Buffalo Bills cheerleaders were just granted class action status. So either the NFC is paying their cheerleaders better than the AFC, or they have better lawyers.
Gimme an N, gimme an F, gimme a C...
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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