Five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders have filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills in New York State Supreme court.
According to a press release issued by attorneys from Dolce Panepinto, who are representing the former cheerleaders, the team "exploited the women by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State minimum wage laws."
The suit alleges the team and others named as defendants failed to pay the Jills the mandatory minimum wage for their "extensive work on game day and at various community events" and claims that in some cases, members of the Jills performed hundreds of hours of work each year, for which they were paid well below the state's mandatory minimum wage.
Also named as defendants in the suit are Stejon Productions Corporation, the firm which currently manages the Jills, and Citadel Communications Company (which owns Buffalo radio station 97 Rock) which formerly managed the cheerleading squad.
The Buffalo Jills lawsuit comes on the heels of similar lawsuits filed by the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders against their respective teams.