On May 19, 2014, in what appears to be a growing trend, Manouchar Pierre-Val, a former cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, filed a putative collective action against the team (Pierre-Val v Buccaneers) alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

The putative class is defined as “[a]ll Cheerleaders who worked for Defendant within the last three years who were not compensated at the required minimum wages due under the FLSA.”  Specifically, the complaint alleges that despite being required “to attend at least four to fifteen hours of mandatory practices per week, arrive approximately four hours prior to home game start times, and are required to perform at least forty hours of community appearances,” the plaintiff and putative class members were paid only “$100.00 per game for an average of eight home games per year, plus limited wages made for appearances made at paid corporate events.”

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