Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hit With Labor Lawsuit
The Federal Labor Standards Act was enacted to protect employees from abusive corporate conduct similar to the type alleged against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and other sports franchises. They, like other business, must adhere to both federal and state minimum wage laws. Federal laws set the minimum standard while state law may set a higher standard.
The issue here is whether cheerleader practice and special appearances is chargeable to the employer as wages earned? If these duties are required in order to fulfill the terms of employment, then the short answer is yes. Surprisingly, these type lawsuits weren’t filed sooner.