California's professional cheerleaders now officially entitled to minimum wage

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Pom-Pom Pay: California Bill Gives Cheerleaders Minimum Wage


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California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Wednesday that reclassifies all cheerleaders for the state's professional sports teams as team employees, guaranteeing them worker protections such as fair pay, overtime, and sick leave. The move comes on the heels of several lawsuits filed by former professional cheerleaders who say they were not fairly compensated for attending mandatory practices or appearances.

The bill makes California the first state to make it illegal for teams to treat cheerleaders as independent contractors in order to keep them ineligible for minimum wage or other worker protections. Can I get a rah-rah?

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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014, file phot, Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals in Oakland, Calif. California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday, June 29, 2015, would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says they would have to be paid for overtime and sick leave, the same as other employees. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
The Oakland Raiderettes cheerleaders perform before the NFL football game between Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
FILE- In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders cheerleaders hold pink pom-poms for breast cancer awareness before an NFL football game between the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers in Oakland, Calif. California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday, June 29, 2015, would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says they would have to be paid for overtime and sick leave, the same as other employees. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: The Raiderettes perform prior to kickoff during the NFL match between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on September 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky Hayes/NFL UK - Pool /Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Oakland Raiders cheerleaders rally the crowd against the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum on November 9, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20: The San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders perform in Santa Claus costumes before the 49ers take on the San Diego Chargers at Levi's Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 29: The San Diego Chargers cheerleaders dance on the field during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 29, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: A San Francisco 49ers cheerleader looks on during the game against the Chicago Bears at Levi's Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: The Gold Rush cheerleaders cheer on the San Francisco 49ers during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on August 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 16: The Golden State Warriors dance team in action during player introductions before their game against the Los Angeles Lakers at ORACLE Arena on March 16, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: The Laker Girls dance squad perform during a break in the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 23: The Golden State Warriors dance team performs during their game against the Sacramento Kings at ORACLE Arena on January 23, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Los Angeles Kings ice girls celebrate a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors cheerleaders perform as Warriors players are introduced before Game 6 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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