Fiver former cheerleaders for the Washington, DC team have claimed they were repeatedly made to feel uncomfortable during a week-long calendar shoot in Costa Rica in — for which they were paid nothing except travel and food reimbursements. Secluded at an adults-only resort in Culebra Bay, the cheerleaders said they were forced to pose topless during the calendar shoot while team sponsors — all male — looked on. Redskins president Bruce Allen said in a statement that the team was looking into the situation, and treating the allegations seriously. We respect each other and our craft. The team also provided two other cheerleaders for interviews, who both said they had been on the trip and had enjoyed themselves. Other cheerleaders described a second, incident in which they were taken on a yacht owned by a Redskins suite holder and prominent local businessman.
As former NFL cheerleaders continue to speak out about mistreatment and misconduct amid ongoing discrimination claims against the league, a troubling account about a trip the Redskins ' cheerleaders took to Costa Rica in emerged on Wednesday. Speaking with The New York Times , five cheerleaders, all of whom weren't named due to confidentiality agreements with the team, accused the Redskins of "pimping us out" by using them as personal escorts for male sponsors after the men were invited to watch a topless and body paint photoshoot. According to the report, the details shared by the five cheerleaders were supported by others who heard about what happened at the time. For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. Given the resort's secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators. A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots. The cheerleaders said that one evening, their director told nine of the 36 cheerleaders that they were to serve as personal escorts for some of the male sponsors, who were going to a nightclub. The cheerleaders said that the task didn't involve sex, but they felt as if the team was "pimping us out.
The women told the Times they felt they had been "pimped out."
In her lawsuit, filed on Tuesday with the U. Last month, former and current cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders filed a lawsuit claiming similar violations of wage laws. Yesterday's lawsuit appears to be a copycat lawsuit that mimics the one filed last month in California against a different NFL club. The Bengals will address the litigation in due course.
That being said, no one is forcing these young ladies to cheer. I get it, many of these young ladies love to dance and perform, but when they sign a contract that states what the rules and compensation will be, it is hard to feel bad for an adult who makes a commitment. Bottom line for these cheerleaders is the fact that the supply of labor far exceeds the demand for their services. Sadly, there is too much money in the NFL for it to survive. Am I against "minimum wage in general? Do I agree with a "one size fits all' approach? Mark down the date. SubBass49 : Thread seriously lacking in cheerleader pics Fark, I am disappoint.