Updated: 04/25/2014 5:17 PM
Created: 04/25/2014 4:53 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit
A former Buffalo Jill talks with News10NBC about a lawsuit that's getting national attention. Just three days ago, five former Jills filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills and two production companies. They claim minimum wage laws were violated.
Alyssa U. is one of five former Buffalo Jills who is suing. She claims hundreds of hours of their work went unpaid. Also, she claims that the women were groped during public events.
Alyssa U. said, “There was a fear and we were made to feel we had no voice.”
The Buffalo Jills are the only cheerleaders in the NFL that are not paid for game day activities.
But that's not the issue, according to former Jill Alyssa U. She agreed to speak with News10NBC exclusively. Her concerns are with what she says the Jills are subjected to, including a jiggle test to determine if the women are in game shape, the bikinis they were required to wear during public events and she also says the management company, Stejon Production, makes money from charity events.
Alyssa U. said, “When our coach is profiting from our presence at a charity event and charging these charity events, I think that is ridiculous.”
According to Alyssa, the Jills were given three to five opportunities to make paid appearances throughout the year, at $35 an hour, at a maximum of two hours per event.
News10NBC reached out to Stephanie Mateczuen, the director of Stejon Production. She emailed us saying, “I am sorry, but I cannot comment at this time. Thank you.”
The Bills organization hired Stejon to operate the Jills. While News10NBC was in Buffalo Friday afternoon, we talked exclusively with the Bills about the lawsuit.
Bills spokesperson said, “Our focus is on the draft luncheon. We put out statements during the week and we standby those statements.”
Alyssa says she wants the Buffalo Jills to come to work with their rights protected and to receive respect.
Alyssa U. said, “That is the most important thing. We want these girls to have a positive experience.”