In the world of professional sports, the amount of money paid to employees can vary greatly. In some cases, athletes get paid millions of dollars a year, and in other situations, some individuals may be getting paid below minimum wage. Though it may seem unlikely that wage-and-hour law would be violated for athletes, it does happen for those who are not in the spotlight.
Florida residents and athletes alike may be interested in a professional cheerleader who is suing her team for wage violations. She claims that she has been paid under minimum wage for the 300 hours worked throughout a season that is spread out over practices, charity events and volunteer opportunities that they are required to attend. Though the cheerleaders reportedly put in so much time, she claims that they are only paid a rate of $90 per game at which they cheer during the season.
The lawsuit claims that she was compensated well below the minimum wage for her state for the hours that she worked. She hopes that the lawsuit will include all cheerleaders on the team. At this time, the suit is seeking compensation for unpaid wages and legal fees.
Because athletes often work various hours, it can sometimes be difficult to determine a strict wage. However, that does not mean that wage-and-hour law can be violated. Employers have an obligation to ensure that their workers are being paid at least minimum wage. If Florida athletes or other workers feel that they are not being properly compensated for the hours they work, information on state wage-and-hour laws could help them examine their situation.
Source: floridatoday.com, Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader sues team, Sheila Mclaughlin, Feb. 14, 2014