Professional cheerleaders and dancers rally for higher pay

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Professional Cheerleaders and Dancers Rally for Higher Pay

NFL and NBA cheerleaders are cheering on a former Milwaukee Bucks dancer who is suing the NBA franchise for its flat-rate pay system for dancers.

This lawsuit is the most recent legal battle professional sports leagues are facing for the insanely low pay for cheerleaders and dancers.

SEE ALSO: The NFL cheerleader wage theft war

The attorney in the suit against the Bucks said minimum wage in Wisconsin is $7.25 an hour, yet dance team members can earn as little as $3.

This isn't just happening in Wisconsin. The Atlantic reports San Diego Chargers cheerleaders earn a measly $75 per home game. Not to mention, Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders receive $100 for each of the 10 mandatory home-game appearances.

Earlier this year, a major victory was won in California when Gov. Jerry Brown required professional teams to pay cheerleaders minimum wage -- including payment for practices and appearances.

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Professional cheerleaders and dancers rally for higher pay
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)
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When you take into consideration the time dancers put in with rehearsals, promotional appearances, games and team functions -- it's a low rate.

And while that might not seem like a huge commitment, don't forget the multiple weekly practices, workouts, beauty regimens and camps that take up the women's time.

The Bucks dancers aren't the first to file a lawsuit. Cheerleaders from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals have also sued their respective franchises.

Learn more about the cases:
Cheerleaders vs. NFL Teams: A Fair-Wage Fight


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