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Raiderettes' Secret Handbook — Date Rape, Etiquette and Fines

Articles in the Los Angeles Times and Salon.com this week reveal the rules for the Oakland Raiders' cheerleaders. The team is being sued by a Raiderette for wage and labor law violations.

Flag at the Oakland Raiders' Alameda headquarters. Patch file photo.
Flag at the Oakland Raiders' Alameda headquarters. Patch file photo.
A "super-secret" but official handbook for the Raiderettes is making waves in the wake of a lawsuit filed by a dancer on the Alameda-based Oakland Raiders' cheerleading squad, according to articles published Monday in the Los Angeles Times and today (Tuesday) on Salon. com.

The handbook promises to teach "elite etiquette" — including tips on eating in public and a reminder to smile when you meet someone new — the Times article says.

The handbook also outlines the fines that will be imposed if Raiderettes miss rehearsals and discourages team members from dating players, the article says.

The Salon article cites a section of the handbook that forbids Raiderettes from attending parties at players' homes because of the risk of sexual assault.

A Raiderette identified only as Lacy T. (said in some reports to be an Alameda resident) filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court earlier this month, alleging that the club is in "flagrant violation" of an array of California wage and employment laws.

You may read the Los Angeles Times article here and the Salon.com article here.

Related article:

"Raiderette Sues Team Over Wages, Alleged Exploitation"

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nt January 28, 2014 at 05:38 PM
In all fairness, 3 questions and maybe it's just me: #1 To the Raiderette plaintiffs- was this Raiderette "job" forced upon you, or did the contract change during football season? #2 Why would any Union represent such a small group of workers, who weren't paying Union dues (guessing 1.5% of gross earnings? = $1.56/mo/Raiderette over 12 months? unless maybe the shop steward was dating one of the Raiderettes) & #3 Freudian slip by journalist's introduction?
Josh SF January 29, 2014 at 03:44 AM
The contract was illegal. And all of this is illegal "She seeks damages for failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay wages in a timely manner, unlawful deduction from wages, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide wage statements, "unlawful prohibition on discussing wages," failure to reimburse expenses, and other claims. She also wants costs of suits and an injunction prohibiting the Raiders from continuing their unlawful practices." Raiders did them wrong.
JSanders January 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM
I agree. Can't let these gold diggers distract our players in their valiant pursuit of a Super Bowl.
Why doesn't Lacy just get a job as a stripper? She'll make more money and get to shake her booty at any and every man in the audience. Win win situation. She'll get to buy more mirrors with all the extra money.
Barbara C January 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Laws are meant to be followed by everyone, including the Raiders football organization. It is irrelevant what type of job is at issue - would commenters find it more palatable if the plaintiff worked at a restaurant? or retail store?
Nay January 29, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Thank you, Barbara. I can't believe such spiteful comments- coming from other women, too! It's a CLASS ACTION which means the problem must be endemic to the organization. They are suing because their average pay is less than $5 per hour spent training and performing. (Did the commenters above even read the linked articles or form snap judgement by this little blurb?) Not to mention the amount of gym time and self-care that keeping their appearance whatever way they demand must require. I'm sure these women aren't relying on this position as their sole income and maybe they are using it as a stepping stone, but what's FAIR and equitable is not subject to your approval. If a plumber or a beauty counter associate were making less than minimum wage it would also be outrageous and illegal. Why is is ok for such a large enterprise, profiting greatly and paying out quite hefty salaries to others, to pay these women so poorly?? There are sexist elements pointed out in the suit and yes it's a specific "environment" they agreed to work in, but they are only suing for what is legitimately fair in any other business: time worked = fair pay. Obviously the Raiders feel the eye candy does something to boost team morale and enhance the game for it's target audience so PAY THEM FAIRLY. I hope they win and set a precedent across the NFL.
She's clearly entitled to the wages, and she will win the lawsuit. Shame on the Raiders, but shame on this woman also. She was stupid enough to sign the contract. I bet she didn't even read it. My guess is that she told her husband one thing or another about pay and requirements, and then after a season or so of her devoting all her time and resources to the team, he questioned her again. Then he read the contract. I bet hubby was not very happy, and hubby called the attorney. Speculation, but she said she didn't know when or how much she would be paid. Well, I'm sure it said it in the contract, you know, the one she didn't read before she signed it.
Michael January 29, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Without our ability to exploit women, one of the pillars of economy will collapse. This woman is thinking only of herself. Her selfish actions will not only hurt football, but our national economy. She, and all women like her, deserve nothing but scorn. She must be taught a lesson or other women will demand an end to their exploitation. This must not be allowed to happen. Go Raiders!
Maybe one day we will educate our woman and allow them to attend school, so that they can read and write. One day they will be able to go out in the world and read contracts before they sign them so that they know how much they are making.

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