A former Bills cheerleader is suing over jiggle tests, and other requirements that she was forced to comply with in order to stay on the squad. According to the SpreadIt, the cheerleader, identified only as Alyssa U, filed paperwork back in May, listing some of the things that she and her colleagues were forced to do, many of which are considered inappropriate, unfair, and degrading. In all, four cheerleaders have filed lawsuits claiming that they were underpaid, treated poorly, and humiliated.
“[They made us do] everything from standing in front of us with a clipboard and having us do a jiggle test to see what parts of our body were jiggling and if that was something she saw, then you weren’t performing at all,” explained Alyssa U.
The former Bills cheerleader wasn’t the only one subjected to jiggle tests, and that’s not the only thing these women have complained about. They have made claims that they were forced to workout in a freezing storeroom, sit on men’s laps during charity events, and basically do these things for very little money, and very little (if any) enjoyment.
“While the organization is making millions per year, the former Bills cheerleader revealed that she was paid only $420 for more than 800 hours of work. Another ex-Bills cheerleader named Maria, who is also suing, made only $105 for the same amount of work hours. Alyssa U said that she was asked to pay $650 for her uniform and cover her own travel expenses during team appearances,” reports the SpreadIt.
The four women suing the organization have caused a bit of a PR nightmare, and their actions could lead to more cheerleaders following suit — and maybe these things happen to more cheerleaders around the country, not just in Buffalo.
According to the National Ledger, Alyssa U says that she “felt like a piece of meat,” and that after a couple of these things happened, she was no longer having “fun” doing this fun job. All of the women allege that they were given specific rules on how they should walk, dress, and talk, on and off the field. For many, the regulations cross the line.
The former Bills cheerleader is not the first to talk of these jiggle tests, and other not-so-flattering parts of a mistakenly glamorous job. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, many women have been fired over “minor imperfections,” and have been complaining about their positions for years.
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