Buffalo Bills cheerleaders feel underpaid and degraded, so they sue. Here’s how one plaintiff explains her plight:
I have always been a huge Buffalo Bills fan and it was always a dream of mine, since I was a little girl, to be a Buffalo Jill. I have danced my entire life and have also been a Zumba instructor for the past six years, so this was a huge accomplishment for me. What I had hoped was that it would open many doors, for this to be an experience of a lifetime.
But soon after joining I realized that it wasn’t what I expected — basically when I first saw the contract.
There were things in there that made you think, “Really?” Do they really think we don’t know this stuff? Just getting down to ridiculous detail about how we needed to act and talk and walk and dress.
So that’s when you walk out, girl. When I was 16 I decided to flip burgers at minimum wage and applied at MacDonald’s. As I sat in the back filling out an employment form I watched a kid report in and don a paper hat with “Trainee” emblazoned on it. Although that looked discouraging, I figured I could put up with the indignity for week or so, but then another kid came in, clearly past the trainee period, and his hat said “Hot Apple Pie”. I handed the uncompleted application to the manager and left to seek other employment.
Point is, no one has to be a Buffalo Tit Twitcher; it’s a part-time job, which I presume some girls want because they get to flounce around in front of crowds and maybe have a chance to date a tight end. Fine – but they don’t need the paltry wages, and they certainly don’t need the job. If they feel the position with its rules is beneath their dignity then good for them – I’m with them all the way, but the answer is, just don’t take the job to begin with or quit after you do.
It’s a free country.