Professional Sports Team Cheerleaders to be Treated as Employees in California

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill which now requires professional sports teams to treat their cheerleaders like employees.  Previously, these cheerleaders were paid as independent contractors which exempted them from state wage and hour laws.  The cheerleaders will now need to be paid minimum wage and are potentially eligible for overtime depending on the amount of hours worked in a given week.

This law follows on the heels of a lawsuit filed last year by the Oakland Raiderettes who challenged their independent contractor …

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