Created: 05/07/2014 11:03 PM WHEC.com
The Buffalo Jills cheerleading director has broken her silence. This coming two weeks after five former members filed a lawsuit against her company and the Bills organization.
The women are claiming Stejon Productions failed to pay them New York State minimum wage.
Jills Director Stephanie Mateczun did not have a comment to give when News10NBC reached out to her two weeks ago when the lawsuit was filed, but she released a statement Wednesday focusing on what she believes to be a lack of accountability on the organizations behalf. The statement says, "The Buffalo Bills own the trademark for the Jills; they control the field and everything that happens on that field, from the uniforms the cheerleaders wear to the dances they perform. Yet the organization appears content to attempt to wash their hands of any connection to their own cheerleading squad."
The only comment from the Bills is it is an organizational policy not to comment on pending litigation.
Now after the lawsuit was filed, Mateczun suspended all Jills activities until this is resolved. The Jills are the only cheerleaders in the NFL that are not paid for game day activities.
Alyssa U, one of the former Jills who filed the lawsuit, says the money isn’t the main issue. She says it was the other factors, which allegedly include a jiggle test to see if the women are in game shape and the lack of respect.
As it stands now, if the lawsuit is not settled before week 1, the Jills will not be on the sidelines.