TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) - When she was a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Manouchcar Pierre-Val said being on the squad let her have fun and give back to the community.
But after less than a year, Pierre-Val decided cheerleading wasn’t a “smart choice for her because she wasn’t being compensated for the majority of the time” she worked, said her attorney, Kimberly Woods, of Morgan & Morgan.
On Monday, Woods filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Pierre-Val accusing the NFL franchise of violating federal and state wage laws.
Pierre-Val was paid less than $2 an hour when all the time she was required to work was accounted for, Woods said.
The lawsuit seeks to be a class action on behalf of Bucs cheerleaders. Woods said she has talked to others who are interested in joining the action, but she couldn’t give any more information about how many women or their names.
Bucs spokesman Luis Nelson said he couldn’t comment on the lawsuit or on cheerleader pay in general, saying the team doesn’t comment on active litigation. He added, “As a general rule, we don’t discuss compensation practices for any members of our organization.”
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