Federal investigation of cheerleaders’ claims a boost for working women

“Why do I hire young girls?” the businesswoman asked.
“Because they cost practically nothing,” the ad executive replied.
These characters were talking about the 1960s-era retail industry in an episode of “Mad Men,” but a recent labor lawsuit— and a related federal investigation — suggests the sentiment may be relevant half a century later.
In January the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, known as the Raiderettes, filed suit in California Superior Court alleging illegal labor practices by the professional football team. The complaint alleges that the Raiders failed to pay minimum wage and overtime and failed to pay the women every two weeks, as required by California law.

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(Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Federal investigation of cheerleaders’ claims a boost for working women

“Why do I hire young girls?” the businesswoman asked.

“Because they cost practically nothing,” the ad executive replied.

These characters were talking about the 1960s-era retail industry in an episode of “Mad Men,” but a recent labor lawsuit— and a related federal investigation — suggests the sentiment may be relevant half a century later.

In January the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, known as the Raiderettes, filed suit in California Superior Court alleging illegal labor practices by the professional football team. The complaint alleges that the Raiders failed to pay minimum wage and overtime and failed to pay the women every two weeks, as required by California law.

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(Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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