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Lawmaker wants NFL cheerleaders protected by state wage laws
Lawmaker wants NFL cheerleaders protected by state wage laws

While NFL fans focus on Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, one California lawmaker is turning her attention to helping improve conditions for a group of workers on the sidelines—cheerleaders. Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would treat cheerleaders of professional sports teams as employees under California law. A former college cheerleader, Gonzalez said she introduced AB 202 because some sports teams misclassify cheerleaders as non-employee volunteers so they are not given protections granted many workers. Gonzalez cited reports that some cheerleaders are paid less than minimum wage, don’t get paid overtime and are forced to spend...

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