The Raiderettes have something to cheer for. They sued the team earlier this year, claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors and therefore not paid minimum wage under the FLSA. Yesterday the team announced a settlement of $1.25 million for cheerleaders dating back to 2010. Two other NFL teams still have similar lawsuits outstanding – perhaps this settlement will encourage them to settle too.
The (obvious) takeaway: Misclassifying employees as independent contractors is a big mistake.