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‘The jiggle test’: Buffalo Bills’ cheerleaders’ suit accuses team of degrading treatment

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, April 25, 2014 22:45 EDT
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Members of the Buffalo Jills celebrate preform during a game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sept. 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York [AFP]
 
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The Buffalo Bills cheerleaders have suspended their activities after five ex-cheerleaders sued the National Football League team.

The former cheerleaders sued over low pay, groping, sexual comments with one saying they had to take a “jiggle test” so their bosses could tell how firm their bodies were, The Buffalo News reported.

The head of the group that manages the Buffalo Jills, as they are called, said she can’t comment on the suit which affects 35 women who were recently chosen for the team.

“I would like nothing more than to state our side of the story,” Bills’ cheerleader manager Stephanie Mateczun told the newspaper. “But it would be inappropriate to do so while in litigation.”

The suit alleges the team failed to pay the former cheerleaders the $8 (6 euro) minimum wage and exposed them to degrading treatment at some community events like the Jills swimsuit calendar release party. They also allege they had to use their own money to pay for their $650 uniforms.

Sean Cooney, a lawyer representing the cheerleaders, said they were disappointed the club decided to suspend operations.

“Like the decision not to pay a lawful wage, this decision was made not by the cheerleaders, but the Jills management,” said Cooney.

The first Bills home game of the 2014 season is slated for Sept. 14.

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