Meet Buffalo Bills cheerleaders Maria U. and Alyssa P. The two beautiful women along with five others are suing the team over a failure to pay them in accordance with New York State minimum wage laws.
The two cheer gals were allegedly forced to work hundreds of unpaid hours and not being enough they were subjects of degrading treatment–including a “jiggle test,” which, unfortunately, is exactly what it sounds like.
Let’s find out more about them. Maria was named Jill of the week back in December 2012. At the time she was described as a rookie dancer. She was proof of perseverance after not making it in her first try. She gave it a go again in 2012 and made the squad. In her bio, she mentions shopping as a hobby and in her intro, it’s a sport.With aspirations of her own cooking show in addition to her business degree and a talent for interior decorating she impressed fans with her fantastic dance abilities and incredible and friendly smile.
Don’t miss her video here, taken at 1st cuts.
Rain or shine, The Buffalo Jills are always cheering on the Buffalo Bills with bright smiles on their faces. But one plaintiff told WGRZ that making the team was a dream come true, but the reality that shortly followed was a nightmare. According to the suit, the Jills are wrongly classified as independent contractors, and their pay routinely violates the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage law. They’re also asked to work games, practices, and dozens of charity appearances for free, as well as pay for their $650 uniforms and cover their own travel expenses.
The team’s community involvement extends far beyond NFL sidelines. According to an interview done recently to Jills’ captains, Alyssa and Emmy, The Jills become involved with many community activities and organizations.
On the Buffalo Pro Cheer blog Blonde Alyssa is described as a college graduate shortly after making the Jills, she’s been a zumba fitness instructor for several years and is working on utilizing her degree in Business Administration in opening up her own store one of these days.
She was named Buffalo Jill of the week back in February 2013.
cheerleader Alyssa U. said
“Everything from standing in front of us with a clipboard having us do a jiggle test to see what parts of our body were jiggling,” “and if that was something that they saw, you were getting benched.”
Alyssa U. estimated she was paid a total of $420 during the 2012-13 football season while cheerleader, Maria P., said she received $105.
The team is now in the midst of their auditions for next season.The suit against the Bills seeks unspecified back pay and legal fees.