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Cheerleaders' claims in NFL wage and hour dispute moves forward

In Los Angeles, there are legal requirements that employers must follow when paying their workers. These include providing legal wages and overtime. That, however, doesn't mean employers always follow the law. Employees have rights and when there is a wage and hour violation, they have the right to pursue the matter legally. With a wage and hour dispute and unpaid overtime, employers should be held accountable for any violation they're accused of committing.

A lawsuit filed by cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders due to wage violations has undergone some slight changes as it moves forward. While the National Football League has a rule that disputes are to be decided by the league itself, the decision was made that this is a conflict of interest and it is now possible that a class-action lawsuit can proceed. As the Raiders and the cheerleaders try to come to an agreement through arbitration, a failure to do so will pave the way for an independent arbitrator to decide. Because the NFL's rules regarding disputes violate employment laws, the cheerleaders can add the league to their suit. The decision to sue the Raiders stemmed from unpaid overtime and a wage and hour dispute with the cheerleaders.

While everyone hopes they will find a job in which employers will treat them fairly, it's a sad fact that in certain instances, the bottom line takes precedence and the employer will try to save as much money as possible. Often, they do this in illegal ways by depriving an employee of compensation to which he or she is entitled. In some cases, the employer simply made a mistake in calculating compensation due and owing. In other cases, it's done intentionally. Whether it's an individual situation or a group of employees who have a complaint against an employer, there are laws in place to protect workers and allow them to pursue their rightful compensation through legal means.

With respect to the cheerleaders, the wages that they earned in comparison to the hours they work sparked the lawsuit. Since the NFL has such strict rules that contradict employment laws, the league is now facing a class action lawsuit. Whether it's a disagreement with a large and powerful entity like the NFL or a simple disagreement over unpaid overtime, a worker who has been deprived of lawful compensation should discuss the matter with a qualified legal professional.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Cheerleaders add new defendant to wage theft lawsuits: the NFL, Robin Abcarian, June 6, 2014

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