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Op-Ed: Cheerleaders Don't Need to Be Paid Since They 'Work Closely' with Rich Athletes [Updated]

This past July, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law officially classifying professional cheerleaders as employees, entitled to minimum wage, sick leave, overtime and workers’ compensation. But why bother? After all, they work right next to some very rich men, and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Ben-Gals Cheerleaders Win $255,000 Settlement In Lawsuit Against The Bengals 

NFL teams tend to treat their cheerleaders not so much as valued employees, but rather as rock-dumb sex objects. Hits include the ridiculous list of petty fines Raiderettes could earn for, say, “improperly polishing their boots,” the Ravens’s exacting micromanagement over cheerleaders’s weight, and the Bills explaining

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