Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; An Oakland Raiders cheerleader from the raiderettes performs during a timeout against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Titans defeated the Raiders 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Deadspin releases list of fineable Raiders cheerleader offenses


Yesterday it was reported that a 2013 Raiderette, named Lacy T. was suing the Oakland Raiders for paying cheerleaders $125 per day amongst other labor related grievances. One of Lacy T.’s main issues was the “schedule of fines,” which is published before the season by the Raiderettes’ director. The fines are docked from the $125 per-game salary that cheerleaders don’t receive until the end of the season, according to the lawsuit.

The good folks at Deadspin.com provided the list of fines which was given to the website by Lacy T.’s attorney.

Forget to bring (including but not limited to) correct pom(s) or props to practice? $10.00 fine

Wear wrong designated workout wear and/or footwear for two-piece Wednesday rehearsals, special rehearsals and/or game day rehearsals? $10.00 fine

Not able to get bios in on time? $10.00 fine

Forget all or part of the official uniform, boots, and or poms for any event or game day? $10.00 fine (per item) and/or benched from game (-125.00)

Boots not clean and polished for game day? $10.00 fine

Failure to follow point #1 under Etiquette or Appearances (Game Day Ready)? $10.00 fine

FINES WILL CONTINUE TO DOUBLE IF INFRACTIONS CONTINUE. Example: a $10 fine will go up to $20 if you forget to wear the proper attire for a second time, etc.

Obviously this doesn’t look good for the Raiders, and it is quite clear their cheerleaders feel that they should be paid more than on a essentially volunteer basis for the entertainment they provide. At the same time, Mark Davis and the franchise aren’t exactly bringing in huge profits, which could be the driving factor behind the low wages. This story has gone national at this point and is not going away, at the end of the day it is likely the Raider cheerleaders will wind up with better working conditions out of the lawsuit while the team gets another black eye in the mainstream media.

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  • PJ

    That is suprising to who? We all knew that when Al passed (RIP) that Tommy Boy would take over and get his ass handed to him and get the biggest beat down of his life over n over again. At this point, just sell the team to someone who knows what the F’k their doing! This organization is an NFL disgrace! Fan since 75′???!!!

  • holy roller

    dunno what the other teams pay but I didn’t see where they held a gun to thier head. Remember, the nfl is a non taxable, charitable orginazation. So extrapolate from that what ya will. No monopoly but the gubment will insist on better working conditions for the cl’ers? This is fodder for the supreme f’n court! (and no,that’s not a pubic hair on my coke!)

  • bigninaross

    This is going on everywhere…not just with The Raiders… but of course it’s worse when it’s The Raiders… And I agree with holy roller, we are allowed to choose where we work. I’m sure they all knew the pay up front.

  • Mark Shafer

    I always have thought their pay was really bad, and should be a lot more. With that said if I know how bad the pay is it is hard to believe that some one who puts all that time in to make the team does not also know.
    Can the Raiders and the rest of the NFL pay them better? Do they deserve better benefits? I think they do, of course.
    When the make appearances as Raiderettes, and are not compensated for them was this hidden from them? Of course not. The players are not compensated for their appearances.
    They should either pay them better, or ask for them to be volunteers and instead of pay call it awards.
    If this is so terrible why do so many women show up every year

  • Josh SF

    They payers make millions of dollars and thus are exempted from minimum wage and labor laws.

    The cheerleaders have a good case here. Both at the State and Federal level, its indefensible violation of labor laws.

  • Josh SF

    The contract was illegal and the women were fined, withheld pay, no overtime, and told not to talk about their wages with others. All illegal under state and federal law.

  • holy roller

    saw the contract,did ya? Have personal knowledge of the situation? Oh, not really, huh? I don’t know that this was even an “employment” relationship in the true sense of the phrase. Eioght home games,three practices a week and a couple of special events? That’s it? The most telling part is that it’s not the entire group suing……….hmmm. Good for the girl if she wins, good for the one who takes her place when she doesn’t.

  • holy roller

    nobody (as far as in employment) “deserves” benis, ya want better benis, pay or working conditions? Go get it. Oh wait, we can just sue and hope for the best. whining crybabies.
    And yes, you will find sympathy in websters between shiite and sphyphalis!

  • Josh SF

    Why so condescending? Yes I did see the contract. You can see it on the lawfirms website – just search for “Levy Vinick” website and then click on “Cases”….WHOLA, there is the raiders highly illegal contract!

    Also the women clearly says on CNN she knows she will be black balled from prof sports but that its worth it for her if her teammates get reimbursed and NFL teams begin complying with state and federal laws.

    You see the contract is so outrageously illegal, the law firm representing the cheerleaders included it in the legal complaint. You can also read about all of the many illegal practices of the Raiders: 1) Withheld pay 2) Failure to pay in timely manner 3) Failure to provide wage statements 4) Unlawful deductions 5) Failure to pay overtime 6) Failure to provide meal or rest breaks 7) Breach of contract 8) Unlawful business practices 9) Prohibiting employees (in writing) from discussing wages.

    You see, I actually read the legal complaint. And yes, these professional women who work for a multi billion dollar industry are EMPLOYED. You can see the world “Employment” and “Employee” on the first page of the contract which again – is attached to the complaint.

  • holy roller

    Nice. Very well thought out. My bet is that the Raiders have a couple of law dogs that looked at all this before. Not saying it’s right but again, for 8 games and some practice? The problem they will run into is that it’s “entertainment”. Some of the “violations” would be ludicrous at face value. I think there will be more to the story than what the accuser is telling us. ….hell, I’d bet it if there was a number at the book.

  • holy roller

    hell, lets give ‘em 10.10 an hour!
    Breaks? in a 3 hour work period? 10 minutes. Thats the law. Meal periods? Not always required.(not until after 5.5 hours worked.)providing meals, uh no not required..thats federal now….I bet each and every person signed off. I could go on……that first sentance was a little sarcastic,Josh………..

  • Josh SF

    Yea, I know. There is always “Some problem” when somebody lawyers up against multi billion dollar industry. Somehow its never the corporations fault, or there is some loophole they can use their weight to take advantage of.

    “Entertainment” is a job. And you don’t need quotes around the word violations. Really, you don’t.

    And of course, nobody files a lawsuit because its the right thing to do. They all most have secret evil motives. God forbid somebody stand up for 1000(?) women across the NFL and demand they be paid fairly under the lay. What a sham!

    This is why income inequality in out country is redonkulous. Because its so easy for people to just rationalize away the fact that its ILLEGAL to not pay your employees, among many other violations.

    Law dogs? The Raiders are indefensible. That’s why we’ve heard no comment in over a week.

  • holy roller

    All i got outta that was that you must be a religious zealot! You must use some of this stuff at your night job-the comedy club. The Raiders don’t comment on that which has no merit. and puhleeze, let me put my quotes where I like em, it aint roberts english here. When it’s all said and done, 1000 is a fairly insignificant number at best…unless ur one of them. I really have enjoyed this today,thanks Josh!

  • Josh SF

    You are in for quite a rude awakening if you think wage and labor violations have “no merit”.

    I’ll be back here to feed you some crow when this is all said and done. Bring an appetite.

  • holy roller

    as you might imagine, I’ve eaten some crow in my day. The sad fact is, as a civil trial we proably don’t get to watch it………..and I excpect a settlement in any case with a “no disclosure” clause…..so we may never know…

  • Josh SF

    You are right, this will be settled in arbitration.

    These women aren’t going to sign gag orders. Its not about getting paid to keep quiet. Its about changing the NFL for the women that entertain us all.

  • holy roller

    I don’t think these girls are nearly that aultruistic(sp), The fines are defensable based on the kind of work they do. The “pay” will be shown to be an insignificant part of the compensation as the girls(many of them) are looking for exposure and use this as a way to be seen. I think it would be a huge suprise (to the likes of you and those of your ilk) that many would do the dance for nuthin. The concept of an 8 hour week somehow being equated with a real job streches the limits of crudulety. We agree that it will be settled. Dissagree on most of the rest……..as an aside, there is an actual game tomorrow. I like the hags as this never talked about qb Wilson makes the difference.

  • Josh SF

    You make zero sense.

    Department of Labor disagree. Women got shafted. Millions in back wages to come.

  • holy roller

    I could be wrong here but millions? Really? No sense. ok. here’s the craziest yet…….GO RAIDERS!

  • Josh SF

    You are right about being wrong. 100s of employees for the last 4 years. 10-20k per employee in back wages and fines. Plus interest and expenses. And it won’t just be cheerleaders feds are just using them to get to entire NFL.

  • holy roller

    That’s right, big brother gonna fix everything. And another one bites the dust….uh freedom. Just to be clear-I take a job, sign a contract work for months/years and then decide it’s not fair? I ‘ll tell ya whats fair, I’d go get a different job that paid more with better benis. If I could not? Didn’t deserve it in the first place. Too many people use this monster called the legal system for thier own nefairous purposes. Although labor boards across the country have wrongly sided with deadheads over the years.

  • Josh SF

    Take your anti-government sob story somewhere else. The Raiders broke many laws and will be forced to pay for it. Kudos to the women for standing up against the NFL.

  • mark nine

    Josh, Josh, It seems your are confused, Oh by the way – maybe take a look see how much Bruno Mars got paid for the Superbowl – we will be seeing more law-suits I am certain under Joshanomics

  • mark nine

    they are volunteers don’t let these news stories fool you – just like Bruno Mars performing maybe the NFL pays for transportation and some costs associated with the performance they don’t get paid any actual money for the performance look it up its true

  • mark nine

    I will be there too !! with the Chilli Peppers and Bruno Mars we will get to the bottom of this non paying NFL Josh you just can’t understand no matter how it is explained to you

  • Josh SF

    You make zero sense.

  • mark nine

    look it up because you have eaten crow already BRUNO MARS DIDN’T GET PAID FOR THE SUPERBOWL !!

    ARE YOU PREDICTING A LAW-SUIT ?

  • Josh SF

    Such a moron…

  • mark nine

    why is that

  • mark nine

    I suppose that you are too busy stop and (be an adult) and say “I guess I stand corrected” Because you should know that THE 1/2 TIME ENTERTAINMENT DOES NOT GET MONEY FOR PERFORMING OR THE CHEERLEADERS, AND THEY SHOULDN’T nobody has a gun to their head yah know

  • mark nine

    just think about all of those singers with the National Anthem and all ….a lot of law suits coming up